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his will tell you everything you need to know of fence lizards

Species:
Fence lizard
Other Species or Phases this Care Sheet May Cover:
eastern fence lizard, western fence lizards

Sexing and Characteristics:
Males: usually males will have a dark bluish or green color on either side of the underside of their bellies and another bluish blotch on the chin that may be divided in half. also, they will have a thickened tail base and on the underside of that there will be two small bumps, or bulges, right above the anal area. males are usually slightly smaller than females, but more aggressive and territorial.


females: females may have the blue coloring on either side of their bellies but it will be faded and not as noticeable as in males. females do not have the blue blotch on the chin that is described above. females are more robust and and slightly larger than males. on the underside of the base of the tail you will see either one small bump or no bumps at all.

Mostly Active During:
Day

Substrate and Water Needs:
For substrate you can safely use potting soil mixed with sifted play sand as long as you change it every 4-6 months. you can also use newspaper or paper towels if you want to change it every day. repti carpet is ok too, except for the fact that they can get their claws stuck in the loose threads that stick up, so be aware of that.

Humidity: mist plants and the side of the tank in the morning so they can lap up the droplets like they do in the wild. mist once in the evening as well. misting also keeps the humidity level up. you also should have a water bowl that is full of clean water and is easily accessed. clean the water bowl every day with soap and water, and dry it completely before replacing it back in the cage

Lighting and UVB:
Your lizard(s) should always have access to a UVB light source. never put your lizards cage next to a window so you can use the sun as your UVB source (this will cook the lizard). you should BUY a light from a petstore or department store, and i suggest it to be a long tube fluorescent light, that will run the length of the cage.

Temperatures and Humidity:
Humidity i covered above, but now to temperatures: 75-80 degrees Fahrenheit on the cool side, 85 in the middle ( if you have a large cage, and can control the middle) and then 90-95 in the basking area.

Heating and Equipment:
There should be any kind of heat light or spotlight that can get the temperature to the right spot but no ceramic heaters or dark bulbs are needed. NO heat rocks! fence lizards cannot sense heat on their bellies and they will get burned. you don’t need any heat pads either, they have the same effect as heat rocks.

Caging Provided:
I use an all glass terrarium for mine. 1 lizard can be fine in a 10-gallon, 2-3 in a 20-gallon, and 3-4 in a 30 gallon. for cage decorations you can put some rocks in for them to bask and climb on. also some sticks, logs, or driftwood to run around and climb on . they favor dead logs and in the wild are never far from a tree, since that is their main way of escape. i would put leaves and twigs on the bottom so that they can hide under them if they feel scared or threatened. also a hide should be provided in both the cool end and the hot end.

Diet:
Carnivorous
Description of Diet:
They will attack and eat almost anything that moves and will fit in their mouths. a good diet consists of gutloaded crickets no bigger than the space between their eyes, small mealworms (only occasionally, since a mealworms exoskeleton is full of chitin and hard to digest), non-poisonous spiders, grasshoppers, and beetles (beetles seem to be favorite) you should feed 4-5 insects a day for young lizards and 3-4 three times a week for adults.

Supplements, Nutrition and Usage:
I dust insects with a calcium and vitamin D-3 supplement once a week. a dusting supplement like this can be bought at any local petstore near you.

Maintenance:
The cage should be cleaned every two weeks with bleach and water til its spotless. cage accessories need to be washed thoroughly and sometimes need to be soaked in bleach.
Some Words on this Species:
although hard to catch, fence lizards are some of the best lizard species i have kept. they are great for beginners, or even experts, are easy to feed, house, and breed, although they aren’t bred in captivity very much. i would definitely recommend this lizard to anyone.



06/26/14  04:38pm

 #2306228


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  Message To: Kelso reptiles   In reference to Message Id: 2306226


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and to help get rid of diseases and parasites, when you get sand or dirt, and logs and sticks from outside, wrapp them in tin foil and put them in the oven (yes the oven) at 200 degrees for 30 minuets this will kill all parasites and diseases ... then you can let them cool off and then place them in the cage



06/26/14  04:40pm

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  Message To: Kelso reptiles   In reference to Message Id: 2306228


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Sand and dirt are bad



06/26/14  04:41pm

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  Message To: ReptileGOD   In reference to Message Id: 2306231


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no their not, sand and dirt is what the fence lizards live in the wild on. you can put sand on the bottom of the tank, then sprinkle some dried leafs on top and it will be perfect. fence lizards will burry themselfs in the sand at night.
but you have to sift it with screen



06/26/14  04:45pm

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  Message To: Kelso reptiles   In reference to Message Id: 2306236


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Yes it is it could cause an impaction cause of the small crystals when they bite there food



06/26/14  04:50pm

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  Message To: ReptileGOD   In reference to Message Id: 2306240


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thats why i said, you have to screen it, with mesh wire, like whats around windows with very small holes....
only small rock cause impaction, the lizards live in sand in the wild, they dont die in the wild from impaction



06/26/14  04:52pm

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  Message To: Kelso reptiles   In reference to Message Id: 2306242


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Whatever



06/26/14  04:56pm

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  Message To: ReptileGOD   In reference to Message Id: 2306244


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your just mad cuase you know im right ... its ok dont get mad little kid ... you gonna cry awwww



06/26/14  05:07pm

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  Message To: Kelso reptiles   In reference to Message Id: 2306249


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Ask more questions I will get them right



06/26/14  05:10pm

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  Message To: ReptileGOD   In reference to Message Id: 2306251


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you only got one right on the last time... i already know you dont know about reptiles, only what you think you know, but its wrong go read some books



06/26/14  05:12pm

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  Message To: Kelso reptiles   In reference to Message Id: 2306253


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how about you ask me a question.... ask me anything,,,, the hardest question that you know that you dont think i know



06/26/14  05:13pm

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  Message To: Kelso reptiles   In reference to Message Id: 2306254


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What is the biggest dinosaur



06/26/14  05:14pm

 #2306258


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  Message To: ReptileGOD   In reference to Message Id: 2306256


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dinosaurs dont have to do with lizards, in fact most dinosaurs are related to birds and chickens,
but the largest dinosaur is the Argentinosaurus a type of sauropod



06/26/14  05:18pm

 #2306261


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  Message To: Kelso reptiles   In reference to Message Id: 2306258


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Amphiceolias look it up and dinosaurs are archosaurs and related to crocodiles and bursa such as the harpy eagle and Nile croc and I know FAR FAR FAR FAR FAR more than u about dinosaurs that’s a fact!!!!



06/26/14  05:22pm

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  Message To: ReptileGOD   In reference to Message Id: 2306261


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ok so you got that right, i never said i knew anyting about dinosaurs, and i know their related to crocidials,



06/26/14  05:28pm

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  Message To: Kelso reptiles   In reference to Message Id: 2306264


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i said ask me anything to do with reptiles.... not dinasour, becuase you dont know anything about reptiles



06/26/14  05:30pm

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  Message To: Kelso reptiles   In reference to Message Id: 2306265


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your a little lmfao .... you cuase you dont know anything about reptiles ....



06/26/14  05:34pm

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  Message To: Kelso reptiles   In reference to Message Id: 2306265


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Know more than u and u know nothing about dinosaurs



06/26/14  05:36pm

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  Message To: ReptileGOD   In reference to Message Id: 2306269


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ok i dont like dinasours... their extinct their dead.... your still a poopie head haha



06/26/14  05:37pm

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  Message To: Kelso reptiles   In reference to Message Id: 2306270


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And in a little kid and dinosaurs are more intelligent then u



06/26/14  05:52pm

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  Message To: ReptileGOD   In reference to Message Id: 2306276


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how ae they intelegant if their extinct tell me that lmao



06/26/14  06:41pm

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  Message To: Kelso reptiles   In reference to Message Id: 2306284


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They lived for 170 million years and are still here so technically 280 millon years because they are still hear and hunans have inly been here 2 million years



06/26/14  07:02pm

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  Message To: ReptileGOD   In reference to Message Id: 2306290


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Stop fighting boys ( sends I’m the only girl ) this is crazy!!!!!!



06/30/14  09:09am

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  Message To: LizardLoverGirls   In reference to Message Id: 2306464


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Hey u were fighting to



06/30/14  09:42am

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  Message To: ReptileGOD   In reference to Message Id: 2306467


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Not on this thread!!!! Now stop...I’m younger than both of you!!!!! But I act like your mom...



07/01/14  06:46am

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K



07/01/14  07:40am

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  Message To: ReptileGOD   In reference to Message Id: 2306492


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Thanks



07/01/14  02:59pm

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  Message To: Kelso reptiles   In reference to Message Id: 2306228


 Thank you!

My kid recently caught a fence lizard and this is exactly what I needed! Thanks for putting an easy to understand breakdown together. Although I used to catch things when I was young, I never tried to keep them, so this is new to me.

A question about cleaning with bleach, however. How do you know for certain that you have removed the bleach well enough that the chlorine fumes won’t bother the lizard? To this point, I have been scrubbing with very hot water and non-toxic, all natural dish soap.



08/17/14  01:30am

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  Message To: FightinTxAggie98   In reference to Message Id: 2308597


 Thank you!

I wouldnt use bleach



08/17/14  08:52am

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  Message To: ReptileGOD   In reference to Message Id: 2308610


 Thank you!

if you cant smell the bleach after its dry then it should be fine



08/18/14  07:04pm

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