Care instructions for the Pearl lizard Timon lepidus

Pasningsvejledning for Perlefirben Timon lepidus

Scientific name: Timon lepidus

Danish name: Perlelirben

Lifespan: 15 years

Distribution: The Iberian Peninsula, South Africa and North Africa.

Legislation: not protected

Toxicity: Not toxic

The pearl lizard is the largest of the lizards, with a maximum length of over 80 cm, but with a norm of 50 cm. The males are somewhat larger than the females, and have a very broad head. Their basic color is green, with a black net pattern down the back, and the sides are decorated with large, attractive blue spots. The belly will be light or greenish. The young have slightly different colors, they are grey-green with white spots surrounded by a black ring on the back.

The pearl lizard lives where it is dry and will be seen lying on a stone, in the warm sand or up on a rocky dyke, preferably near a hiding place where it can quickly seek cover.

During flight, it can manage to climb up to 75 meters up a tree, because it is a lizard that is an excellent climber. They are very territorial and find a mate they mate with for the rest of their lives.

Keep in terrarium
It is a large, powerful lizard, which also requires a black terrarium. L: 140, D: 60 and H: 60 are suitable for an adult couple. 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.

Pearl 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 given rarely. Many pearl 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
Pearl 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.

The females lay several litters of eggs per year, she will typically lay between 6-23 eggs in a litter, which is buried in a moist area.

Hatching of eggs
The eggs are placed in an incubator and, if treated correctly, hatch after 75-90 days at 29 degrees.

The cubs must be fed like the adults, just with smaller fodder animals.

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