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Care Sheet for Alligator Lizards

Average Rating Given To This Care Sheet Is 4.65    (1=lowest, 5=highest)    Last Updated: 07/14/2004

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Years Experience:

3 to 5 Years


Alligator Lizard

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Southern Alligator Lizard

Sexing and Characteristics:

Males have a larger and far more triangular head than females and when grabbed roughly they may exert their sex organ. This may release a small amount of blood but is not harmful to the lizard. Females have a streamlined shape and their head isnít much wider than their body. Lizards do not reach sexual maturity until two years of age so you may not be able to sex your reptile until that time.

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Substrate and Water Needs:

Several inches organic potting soil moistened with water. This must be suffecient for burrowing.

Lighting and UVB:

UVB lamp needed

Temperatures and Humidity:

Cage should stay around 75 deg and in the basking area it should be 85-90.

Heating and Equipment:

A heat lamp or heat pad would work for this reptile. Temperature gauge required to moniter the heat in terrerium.

Caging Provided:

For my soon to hatch babies I am providing a 60 gal terrerium, but for one lizard and 20 gal terrerium should make him/her feel comfortable. Some people say that a 10 gal will be enough but personally I think they need more space than that, but thats just me.



Description of Diet:

Crickets should be the main diet but they will readily eat meal worms. GUTLOAD ALL FEEDER INSECTS. TO do this you can buy premade gutloading products that are sold at most pet supply stores. You can also use orange slices as water sources and you can use vegetables as extra nutrients for the feeder insects. I reccomend feeding the lizards in a seperate cage with paper towels as substrate like a small plastic critter keeper to make sure they are eating enough and donít consume too much soil in the proccess of catching their food

Supplements, Nutrition and Usage:

Dust all feeder insects with a calcium supplement that DOES NOT contain phosphuros as insects are very high in phosphorus and too much can cause health problems. Occasionally sprinkle multivitamin powder on the insects as well. For breeding females put extra calcium and vitamin supplements on insects


Fairly low maintenence but will require a constant supply of fresh water through a shallow bowl and misting of the cage every few days. Pick up the lizards droppings daily and clean cage as needed.

Some Words on this Species:

This species of lizard can be pretty aggressive at first but with proper and regular handling should calm down. When first handling a wild caught alligator lizard I suggest wearing a pair of work gloves in case the lizard decides to bite. They are quick lizards and have a very strong bite. Males tend to be more readily tamed than females though both can be suitable pets after getting used to people. This species of lizard is particularly shy and may spend most of its time hiding under logs or rocks. This is normal behavior and should not be associated with lethargy or disease. However if your lizard stops eating for more than a few days it could be a more serious problem. If caught in the wild, new owners should check for mites (tiny black insects that hide under scales, in ears, and in vent of reptiles) and ticks. Mites can prove fatal to your reptile so it is important to catch them early. I have found that submerging the lizards in water for ten minutes (leave their nose and eyes above water) and once a week coating them in vegetable oil for about half an hour and then rinsing them works well for drowning and removing mites. To remove ticks, use tweezers and remove the tickfrom the lizard.
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