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Care Sheet for Mountain Horned Dragons

Average Rating Given To This Care Sheet Is 4.00    (1=lowest, 5=highest)    Last Updated: 12/04/2010

Main Category:

Lizards

Sub Category:

Mountain Horned Dragons

 Care Sheet Submitted By:

Yellermelon

Years Experience:

1 to 2 Years

Species:

Mountain horned dragons

Other Species or Phases this Care Sheet May Cover:

N/A

Sexing and Characteristics:

Medium sized lizard,range from Burma, Thailand, western Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, and southern China. great reptile for a pet, however most "pet store" dragons are wild caught and in great need of a vet.
there are a few different species like, Acanthosaura armata,Acanthosaura capra,Acanthosaura crucigera,Acanthosaura lepidogaster. most popular in pet trade however are A. capra, also available but much less common are, A. crucigera, and A. armata. mountain horned dragons range in size from around 10-14 inches. Mountain horned dragons are known for their 2 horns above their eyes, and horns going down their back. mountain horned dragons as a whole are very tame with a few exceptions as with all herps. First priority after buying a mountain horned dragon from a pet store is taking it to the vet, being that 99% of MHD�s are wild caught they are almost always loaded with parasites some females are imported gravid, and all need to see a vet asap. Especially if your dragon is listless, spends time on floor with lazy eyes, or doesn’t eat move or drink.

Mostly Active During:

Day

Substrate and Water Needs:

Overall best no risk substrate is bed-a-beast. This is shredded coconut fiber. it holds moister well to increase humidity and allows for digging if need be. There should ALWAYS be a supply of running moving water available. MHD will ignore a big water dish unless the water moves. An easy inexpensive fix for this is to get a big huge water dish about the depth of there shoulders or elbows and twice the dragons length with a bubble stone connected to a small air pump this can be set up for around 8 bucks. Misting systems and fog systems are also good resources for water and humidity.

Lighting and UVB:

UVB lighting is required for proper bone growth in mhd. 12 hour day cycles are ideal.

Temperatures and Humidity:

Temperature should not exceed 84 degrees! and not below 70. Daytime temps should range from low 70�s to low 80�s humidity should be kept around 70-80%. note: I’ve seen people let it get down to 50 or so but when these reptiles try to shed their skin this can be very problematic.

Heating and Equipment:

I use a 60-75 watt house light bulb depending on time of year for heat placed in a 12 in. dome reflector. I use reptisun 5.0 for uvb.

Caging Provided:

Cages should be at least 4 feet high, 3 feet long and 1.5 deeper dragon. Space should increase if keeping more than one dragon.

Diet:

Carnivorous

Description of Diet:

These reptiles enjoy crickets, mealworms,superworms, silkworms,earthworms,and moths. And as always calcium supplement is a must. I use rep-cal with the pink label for my mhd.

Supplements, Nutrition and Usage:

Maintenance:

N/A

Some Words on this Species:

Great herp pet as long as you can meat its needs. Main needs being vet asap after purchase. Larger size cage. And one of the friendliest herp pets you’ll own.:)
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