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 New plated Lizard (Iggy)

Hi folks,
Today we finally adopted a beautiful 10YR old Sudan plated Lizard (about 30cm long including tail) which was previously very well cared for. Haven’t examined her properly because we want to let her settle but she seems well fed (plump) and in general good condition. She has no use of one of her front legs for as long as the previous owners have had her and she just drags it along and gets on with it no problem.
We never had plated lizards before. We have raised a few different tortoises (2 sulcatas, 4 leopards and 7 hingebacks) and have had dab lizards, iguanas and skinks in the past. The enclosure we built is 5ft x 2ft x 2ft and is located directly in our living room to be part of our every day life. We used playsand as substrate. According to a few reptile owners it is not a good idea to use playsand due to ingestion blockage but we never had a problem with it before and are very careful when feeding etc. We ordered an x-large water bowl from the UK and arranged a few stones and slates to design a perfect hide for Iggy. We have a ceramic basking bulb located directly over the resting spot which sends out a max of 100F. As well we installed a UVB Exo Terra Repti Glo 5.0 and hooked it to a timer to allow a perfect replication of sunrise and sunset in the wild. The ambient temp is mid 80F. We decorated the vivarium with a few artificial aloe and desert plants to make it look more natural.
Although previously well fed and cared for, the previous owners did not handle her much. Is it too late to tame her to handle?

We would appreciate any more information you think would help Iggy settle.

Cheers,
Mick & Jenny



10/04/11  02:46pm

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  Message To: Mick/Jen   In reference to Message Id: 2239165


 New plated Lizard (Iggy)


Mick & Jenny

I would use 50/50 playsand & top soil, something like riverbed mixture, also even with a 10 year old pet i would like a 125F basking spot, they need a certain amount of heat to allow them to live a somewhere near normal life, in the wild they’d have access to higher basking surface temps than 125F!

Also watch those rocks can’t fall on your pet, it happens, i’ve just posted this vid but it’s the same principle & good luck!! ;post some pics maybe!>









10/04/11  04:50pm

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  Message To: Mdf   In reference to Message Id: 2239188


 New plated Lizard (Iggy)

it’s works with most lizards & causes very little stress>









10/04/11  04:51pm

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  Message To: Mdf   In reference to Message Id: 2239189


 New plated Lizard (Iggy)

Hey thanks for the taming vids. Gonna leave her a week or two before we try. Let her settle.
Is there a practical/health reason to use 50/50 play sand soil mix or is it just what you prefer? All stones are large and well anchored so no danger.

She ate some banana yesterday and two locusts we put in have vanished so this is a good sign. She has defecated twice also and always does this in the cooler end of viv which means she is exploring her surroundings. Although still quite nervous and shy she seems to be very active and comfortable in her new home. Will post some pics asap.



10/06/11  10:17am

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  Message To: Mick/Jen   In reference to Message Id: 2239409


 New plated Lizard (Iggy)

I’ve spent a number of years into monitors now & you always give them 50/50 river bed type mix, good 125f basking temp & any they eat by mistake will go out the other end more easily than pure sand.

sounds like your pets settling down fast! :)



10/06/11  03:11pm


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