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- Snakes

- Lizards

- Turtles-Tortoises



- Beetles

- Others bugs

- Mantids

- Butterflies

- Phasmids


- Tarantulas

- Scorpions

- Millipedes

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These cold-blooded animals, compared often by the children with dinosaurs, are not always also easy to keep in captivity that one could believe it. Nevertheless, certain sorts adapt themselves to it more easily than thers (Eublepharis, Iguana,).


It is necessary to be particularly meticulous for the choice of your lizard. An iguana will overtake easily 1,20m and will require a terrarium in its measure. Certain saurians are herbivores (little) and the majority are insectivorous. One meets 2 main problems during their breeding :



Alive insects must be distributed, generally crickets, desert locusts, etc. and these several times a week. Towards flour have to be given only in case of "shortage of stock" because insects are very poor in vitamins. Furthermore, a contribution of vitamins is original, these will be sprinkled on insects or mixed with the water of drink according to the brand. Distribution of food must be the most divers as possible, what is not always evident according to seasons.

2/ Lighting

A contribution of natural or artificial beam UV is often indispensable for the diurnal lizards and for the newborn children. Indeed, they allow the animal to fix the essential calcium to their growth and survival.

These 2 concerns can be partially countered as follows :

1/ by raising lizards herbivores as the iguana, Sauromalus, etc. but UV's contribution is important.

2/ by getting itself night-lizards which can do without session of suntan as Eublepharis for example but in that case, it is necessary to give them a food with insects.

Not easy to choose...

The size of the terrarium will be in correspondence with sorts, 60*30*30 for a trio of Anolis carolinensis or 80*80*40 at least for Iguana iguana. Climatic conditions should also be respected, a dry and desert environment for Uromastyx, or wet and "planted" ( artificial plants) for Phelsuma.

It's very important given the differences of biotopes met well to inquire upstream to the purchase of your future lizard. Not to forget either to verify if the reptile is not subjected to a particular rule (CITES) as chameleons, phelsuma or iguana ( not exhaustive list).


Certain sorts can not or hardly live together or except in particular conditions. For Anolis, to quote only he, it's better to maintain it in harem established with a male and with female 2/3. The presence of 2 males in the same terrarium will be able to cause the death of the dominated in the long run, without it is automatically molested.


For temperatures and rate of hygrometry, they depend again naturally on the place of origin of the lizard. We can nevertheless observe 2 constants. The first, one place of the terrarium warmer than the second, which will allow the thermorégulation of the animal. Second, a decline of temperature "in the daytime" of some degrees until a ten for certain desert reptiles or high heights (chameleons).


Finally and in conclusion, to maintain and even to reproduce lizards is far from being impossible for people worried about the prosperity of their reptile. To observe them throughout their growth and to try to understand their behavior assure you long years of observation and pleasure.

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Some books...
Photos and Index cards of maintenance :

A in C D in F G in K L in O O in S T in Z