Care instructions for the Emerald Lizard Lacerta viridis

Pasningsvejledning for Smaragdfirben Lacerta viridis

Scientific name: Lacerta viridis

Danish name: Emerald lizard

Lifespan: 12 years

Distribution: Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, the Balkans, southern Ukraine and northwestern Anatolia.

Legislation: Peaceful

Toxicity: Not toxic

Appearance
The emerald lizard is one of the large green lizards, of which there are many subspecies. There is not much difference between these subspecies. The emerald lizard has a solid colored back and some will have spots depending on where they come from. The young may have different colors on their throats. They will be around 35-40 cm. The adults will often be grass green, with the males often having blue cheeks and throat. The other types of emerald lizard should be kept almost the same.

Biology
Emerald lizards prefer dry areas where they can quickly seek protection under a bush or behind a tree. They will often be seen lying and sunbathing on large stones, rock dykes or in the sand. They are good climbers and will also use this if they feel threatened.

Keep in terrarium
It is a medium-sized, strong and active lizard which also requires a large terrarium. L: 120, D: 50 and H: 50 will be suitable for an adult couple or trio. The terrarium must be set up like a savannah terrarium, with stones, a sunbathing area, hiding places and good climbing opportunities. The bottom layer must be dust-free gravel or sand. The lizard prefers radiant heat and the sun area should be heated by spot bulbs. The light intensity should be high and ultraviolet lighting, which is important for the well-being of the animals. The temperature should not be very high, 22-25 degrees is suitable. The animals are best kept in pairs or alone. Both males and females will be contrary to their own sex.

Feed
Emerald lizards are insectivores and will take all larger insects such as cockroaches, crickets, grasshoppers, butterflies, moths and giant mealworms. Earthworms and smaller rodents can also be used, but should only be done rarely. Many Emerald Lizards will also happily take sweet fruit and some will also take plant material such as dandelion flowers. Vitamins, minerals and calcium must be shaken at all feedings.

Signs of illness
Vitamin D3 deficiency is one of the most frequent problems encountered. A variety of feed animals, and plenty of vitamin and calcium supplements are essential, as well as ultraviolet light to keep them healthy. Children who grow very quickly are often deficient in this. Dandruff occurs if the animal is kept too moist or acidic.

Other things
Emerald lizards quickly become trusting and can quickly be hand-fed. Handling should not be done as they quickly panic.

They can throw the tail and a new one will soon grow out, the new tail is not as beautiful or long as the first.

Breeding
Matings can take place all year round, and females can lay several clutches of eggs in one season. The female will lay 4-19 eggs which are buried in a moist area.

Hatching of eggs
With proper treatment, the eggs will hatch after 65-80 days.

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