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Average Rating Given To This Care Sheet Is 4.00    (1=lowest, 5=highest)    Last Updated: 09/26/2008

Main Category:

Lizards

Sub Category:

Tegus

 Care Sheet Submitted By:

Ameviamaster

Years Experience:

1 to 2 Years

Species:

Green Amevia/Jungle runner/Dwarf Tegu

Other Species or Phases this Care Sheet May Cover:

Tiger Amevias, Jungle Runner, Dwarf Tegu

Sexing and Characteristics:

Males have Characteristic blue legs and tail. Females are also less colorful and are smaller.

Mostly Active During:

Day

Substrate and Water Needs:

Provide 4-6 inches deep of coconut bedding with a layer of moss for digging. Amevias love to dig and will spend some time doing it. Provide a large shallow water dish and change it daily or when it gets dirt into it. Also mist 2-3 times a day to keep up humidity.

Lighting and UVB:

Use a 100 watt heat bulb and artificial sun light bulb also. Use an under tank heat pad. Put the heat lamp on one side and the heat pad on the other.

Temperatures and Humidity:

Spray the tank 3-4 times a day a use a large shallow water dish to keep up humidity. Amevias come from the rainforests of South and Central America wear it is hot a extremely humid.

Heating and Equipment:

Use a 100 Watt bulb and a heat pad. Place the two on opposite sides of the cage.

Caging Provided:

Use a 40 gallon breeder style terrarium with screen lid. The cage should have more ground space because the rarely climb. Provide a hide to sleep in. Use bark bedding $-6 inches deep with a layer of moss for digging. both life and fake plants and branches add appeal to your set up.Put a large flat rock (not a heat rock!)or branch under the heat lamp for easy basking. Make sure your reptile can’t come in contact with the heat lamp it can burn him.

Diet:

Carnivorous

Description of Diet:

Amevias Eat a large variety of insects including Crickets,Meal worms,Wax Worms,and sometimes pinkie mice. Feed juveniles once a day and adults every other day. Pinkie mice should be given to adults and only once or twice a month.

Supplements, Nutrition and Usage:

Dust insects with multi vitamin once a week.

Maintenance:

Clean cage once a month change water dish every day or when it gets dirty.

Some Words on this Species:

Very active during the day and loves to dig. Can be handled but dosent like being grabbed. Not naturally tame and will bite the first couple of times(Feels like being pinched with sand paper fingers)but most will tame down with frequent gentle handling. Very very fast and can jump a little to. Amevias are very aggressive feeders and will rush for food and tear it apart! They will spend some time digging through the tank for food well flicking there tongue. Amevias with proper care can live to ten years of age. An Amevia is like a velocirapter rapped up into a 50 cm lizard and can be a fun rewarding pet to have once tamed.
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