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Care Sheet for Basilisks

Average Rating Given To This Care Sheet Is 3.98    (1=lowest, 5=highest)    Last Updated: 09/28/2003

Main Category:

Lizards

Sub Category:

Basilisks

 Care Sheet Submitted By:

Tommy

Years Experience:

10 to 15 Years

Species:

Green Basilisk, Basiliscus plumifrons

Other Species or Phases this Care Sheet May Cover:

All basilisk’s, and water dragons are very similar in care

Sexing and Characteristics:

Male basilisk have a large dorsal crest going down most of its body. Females lack the dorsal crest. Males are also some what larger than the females.

Mostly Active During:

Day

Substrate and Water Needs:

I have found that dirt and cypress mulch work very well, cypress mulch being the overall best! I also use live plants and a lot of climbing branches. The water dish should be large enough for the animal to completly submerge its self. These animals are known for running on top of the water. "its prety cool to see."

Lighting and UVB:

UVB/UVA Lighting is very important for these animals. I can notice a color change in just a few hours after they are taken away from the UV rays.

Temperatures and Humidity:

Tempratures need to be in the low to mid 80’s degrees f and a basking site around 95-100 degrees f. Humidity needs to be around 80 to 90 percent in order to keep them healthy.

Heating and Equipment:

I recomend using high UV output lights in both basking bulbs and florecent lights.

Caging Provided:

I would say a single animal needs to be house in nothing less than a 55 gal, tall. a pair should be house in at least a 75 gal. The taller the cage the better. These animals are very active so small cages are very inhumane.

Diet:

Omnivorous

Description of Diet:

I feed basilisk a diet of crickets, gold fish, earth worms, snails and grass hoppers. They will also eat fruits and vegtables. My basilisks like grapes and carrots and some leafy greens.

Supplements, Nutrition and Usage:

I always dust my crickets with a vitamine supplement. Its up to you to decide wich brand.

Maintenance:

Water dish needs to be cleaned often. They often poop in there water dish and if left for a couple hours will start to smell and is very unhealthy.

Some Words on this Species:

Basilisk are very easy to keep but are very agressive. I have yet to see a tame basilisk. But none the less they are very atractive and are very rewarding animals to have in my or any colection for that matter.
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