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Fun Fact Friday - Red Banded Uromastyx (Uromastyx dispar flavifasciata)

Updated: Feb 16, 2023


Red-Banded Uromastyx (Uromastyx dispar flavifasciata) is a subspecies of spiny-tailed lizard belonging to the family Agamidae. They are native to the rocky, arid desert regions of North Africa.


Noticeable Traits

The Red-Banded Uromastyx lizard are a relatively large subspecies of Uromastyx lizard generally reaching lengths of around 50cm from snout to tail. These incredible animals are generally distinguished by their black background body colouration with between 5-7 wide and defined white or red dorsal banding.

Housing

The Uromastyx lizards require a minimum of a 48" x 24" x 24" wooden vivarium. They are a diurnal species of lizard so they require a high percentage of U.V.B so we recommend the Arcadia T5 12% U.V.B kit, as well as this, they run at relatively high temperatures which we would control and maintain via a dimming thermostat. The Uromastyx lizard enjoys their basking time so we always ensure to give them a basking platform with varying degrees of levels. We enjoy using slate rocks for this, under the bulb so that they have crevices they can hide under as well as bask on. We keep these animals in a dry environment and offer them a wet hide to use in case they need the extra humidity for when they are in shed.


Feeding

The main diet for a Uromastyx is a variety of vegetation daily with the added texture of things such as finch seeds- covered in a mix of calcium powder and vitamin d3 powder. Uromastyx lizards do require a small amount of protein in their diet so we would usually offer them a small amount of crickets once a week, again dusted with the powders.

Handling

When it comes to handling these animals we never want to grab them as this could startle them, we want to let them come out when they want to. They are a docile species of lizard which are incredible animals to handle- however, if they are feeling startled they will more than likely whip their tail at you rather than bite.


Thank you for taking your time to read this post - Let me know what animal you would like to see next!


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