Care instructions for Thorn iguana

Pasningsvejledning for Tornleguan

Scientific name: Sceloporus cyanogenys

Danish name: Thorn iguana

Lifespan: 8-10 years

Distribution: Texas

Legislation: Not protected

Toxicity: Not toxic

The largest of the thorn iguanas can grow to be over 36 cm long. Males will typically have a metallic blue-green sheen across the back, blue cheeks and throat and blue spots on the belly. The females do not have the blue sheen and some do not have the blue spots either, but a gray throat. They both have a white collar over the neck and light spots on the head and back. The tail has fuzzy bands.

This is a diurnal lizard that loves to bask in the sun. It is found in rocky areas and ground slopes, where it seeks refuge in rock crevices, caves and under large stones.

Keep in terrarium
It is a large lizard that is very active so it requires a large terrarium. For one, a terrarium of L: 120, D: 50 and H: 80 will be suitable. Here you can advantageously build a rocky background in the terrarium. The bottom layer can consist of coarse sand or gravel. Plants will be good in the terrarium to hide behind and are nice to look at, there must be good hiding places and it must always have access to fresh water. The temperature in the terrarium must be 27-35 degrees and at the warm end 50 degrees. The humidity should not be so high with this one. Installing a UVB tube is necessary for recording D3.

Thorn iguanas eat insects and are especially fond of the flying ones. The insects can be flies, grasshoppers, crickets, cockroaches, mealworms, wax moths and caterpillars but also spiders. The feed must be shaken in a multivitamin and calcium preparation with a high content of D3. They should be fed approximately every other day.

Signs of illness
Disease in most lizards is poor or defective molting, dull dirty scales, emaciation, sunken eyes. You should contact the vet if any of this occurs.

Other things
Animals at the pet dealer are not preferable as they are either farm-raised or wild-caught.

This is a viviparous species that has between 6-18 young per litter.

Hatching of eggs
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