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I caught a southern alligator lizard in my backyard a while ago and have now had him for 3 months. I keep him in a 2.8 gallon tank with a water dish, branch, rock, a few plants, a cardboard hide, and sand. I keep him outside under my roof so he gets heat and light in the morning but he doesn’t fry later in the day. I feed him crickets and flies dusted with calcium powder. Any suggestions or tips you have are appreciated.anyone know how to add pics?THX



04/13/14  12:06pm

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  Message To: Mr. Kipling   In reference to Message Id: 2304576


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You didn’t say how big he was but I’d have him in a larger cage, 5 gallon minimum and 10 would be better. Morning sun is iffy; have you actually measured the temperatures to see what he/she is getting? The standard indoor terrarium is better controlled. Remember, in the wild they can constantly move around to get to the right temperature. An outdoor cage without a very deep burrowing area won’t work in the colder months anyhow. If you can’t keep him indoors I would release him after a while. The only outdoor situations that work long term are large enclosures; several dozen square feet at least.



04/14/14  08:17am

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  Message To: Acre   In reference to Message Id: 2304591


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it’s been around 75 degrees in the morning which now that I think about it is probably magnified in the tank. i just thought it was better since I caught it outside. so a 10-20 gallon tank and heat lamp?



04/15/14  12:28am

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  Message To: Mr. Kipling   In reference to Message Id: 2304618


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Yeah, that’s what I’d do. Under the heat lamp (which could be a 25-30 watt spot bulb if the tank is low enough) it should be 80-85; the rest of the cage can be cooler.
I don’t want to come on hyper-critical here but gator lizards are tough and can endure bad conditions for a long time - until they finally look sick - and by that time it’s too late to do anything; we’ve had plenty of posts like that. So, again, yeah, I’d go with a 10 gallon at least with a daytime temperature gradient of 85 at the hot spot to low 70’s at the cool spot and a really shallow water container so the gator lizard doesn’t have to climb over the top to see what’s in it. The rest of what you’re doing sounds good.



04/15/14  10:26pm

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  Message To: Acre   In reference to Message Id: 2304632


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k cool. one last question. you see I’ve been trying to feed my lizard without going to the store and buying them so i catch them at night. Thats getting kind of old and ive been looking for a way too get a lot of crickets without having to a spend hours for a weeks supply. im thinking of traps. got any other ideas?



04/15/14  11:48pm

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  Message To: Mr. Kipling   In reference to Message Id: 2304634


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Not really. Night lights attract lots of moths which they will eat if the moths are big enough. Pet store crickets live well on carrot and some grain so you can get a bunch and they will keep for a couple or three weeks.



04/16/14  06:26pm

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  Message To: Acre   In reference to Message Id: 2304646


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Thanks for all ur help!



04/16/14  08:49pm


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