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 #1748298


Coolguy132435
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 Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)

does anyone have any experiece with these by any chance. I thought i remember reptilefreak23 saying that he did?. Anyways, if you do could someone tell me some of the basic care requirements that these guys need.



05/27/08  05:43pm

 #1748773


Reptilefreak23
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  Message To: Coolguy132435   In reference to Message Id: 1748298


 Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)

yeah, I breed them.

ok.
I will


Water and substrate:
You can use pot soil, bedabeast or eco earth. 3 in deep for burrowing purposes(never use sand or play sand with spinys I have had losses do to impaction)
May have small water bowl.. but I personally would not recomend it...it is best to pour water on leaves and objects or mist cage 1 time a day. Water bowls take away their natural instinct to lick water off of leaves and can cause stress at first. Or inability to find water.

Lighting and heating:
NEED a 5.0 or 10.0 UVB and basking area with heat lamp. basking areas should be over a elavated rock or branch to retain heat and natural feelings. NO HEAT ROCKs!!!!! These cause severe burns which often lead to death.

Temp and Humidity:
Need to have hot and cool side (to change blood temp.)
cool side = around 75 degrease, also needs a dark cool hiding spot or cave.
warm side= 80-90 degrease

Caging:
20g tank for one adult.

Need dark cool hiding spot on cool side
Need a clear area to run around in
Put sticks, logs, and vines all over cage for climbing
Elevated basking spot.
Rotton logs to dig into is their favorite.
Put slabs of bark around cage for burrowing under
leaf litter for hiding under if scared or stressed
BACKGROUND lizards get LOTS of stress looking out the clear glass and being contained at the same time. always use a background on three side
A hide on hot side

Diet: Crickets half their head and smaller about 5 a day. dusted in calcium vitamin d3 sup. 1or2 times a week
may treat them to worms, grass hoppers, beatles every once in a while.
Never feed juviniles or babies meel worms. exo skeloten can be to hard to digest. I dont even feed my adults meel worms. And their favorite treat is the butterfly. they love to jump and snag them out of the air..

Maintenance:
Clean out cage totally with bleach or vineger and water until spotless.
when this is done all cage ecsesories must be cleaned the same way.
and new substrate.
I once a week, spray my lizards and cage down with ’mite off’

Hope this helps. .. sry I just kind of threw this one together. not to detailed. bbut ill post a better one later. kinda tired right now.

Good Luck!
hope it helps



05/27/08  11:49pm

 #1749038


GoNzAlEz
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  Message To: Reptilefreak23   In reference to Message Id: 1748773


 Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)

Hi, was just reading your care sheet. I have a desert Spiny and was wondering if it is the same kind of set up? I’ve posted a picture of her just in case. Thanks :)

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05/28/08  11:16am

 #1749039


GoNzAlEz
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  Message To: GoNzAlEz   In reference to Message Id: 1749038


 Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)



05/28/08  11:17am

 #1749112


Reptilefreak23
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  Message To: GoNzAlEz   In reference to Message Id: 1749039


 Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)

Sry I was writing that one at 12 o clock last night... Ill post a better one later.



05/28/08  01:17pm

 #1749113


Reptilefreak23
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  Message To: Reptilefreak23   In reference to Message Id: 1749112


 Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)

And Nice spiny!



05/28/08  01:17pm

 #1749147


GoNzAlEz
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  Message To: Reptilefreak23   In reference to Message Id: 1749112


 Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)

I thought your fact sheet was very informative. Can you tell from the picture if the lizard is a he or a she?! we asked the vet but I dont think she was too certain. She was younger than this picture when we took her there for a check up. She/he has a blue under belly and throat. Thanks again



05/28/08  02:05pm

 #1749384


Reptilefreak23
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  Message To: GoNzAlEz   In reference to Message Id: 1749147


 Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)

please post pics of the under belly



05/28/08  06:05pm

 #1749888


GoNzAlEz
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  Message To: Reptilefreak23   In reference to Message Id: 1749384


 Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)



Hope these help. Was the best I could do. Rubbish camera



05/29/08  05:49am

 #1749990


Reptilefreak23
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  Message To: GoNzAlEz   In reference to Message Id: 1749888


 Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)

definantly a female.



05/29/08  10:11am

 #1759748


Reptilefreak23
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  Message To: Reptilefreak23   In reference to Message Id: 1749990


 Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)

man I wish they would let you go back and edit your posts...dang
sry about that, its a male not female



06/13/08  12:32pm

 #1780457


GoNzAlEz
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  Message To: Reptilefreak23   In reference to Message Id: 1759748


 Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)

Thanks reptile freak. Just moved house so only just got the net up and runnin. Thanks again



07/02/08  11:10am

 #1785872


Jennsymone
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  Message To: Reptilefreak23   In reference to Message Id: 1748773


 Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)

I have found a male spiny lizard and I am trying to rehabilitate him, he has an injury on his left hind leg, any suggestions?



07/07/08  03:40pm

 #1791035


GoNzAlEz
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  Message To: Jennsymone   In reference to Message Id: 1785872


 Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)

HI Jennsymone, erm cant give you too much advice, just try and keep him calm, dont stress him out or handle him too much and take him to the vets asap. Feed him regularly and keep his habitat as warm as it should be and spray his tank once a week to try and get him to drink somethin. good luck and keep me posted. Katie xx



07/11/08  09:51am

 #2003608


Ckalka83
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  Message To: Reptilefreak23   In reference to Message Id: 1748773


 Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)

can i turn my heat lamp off at night or will it get to cold for my Texas Spiny Lizard.



05/13/09  03:55am

 #2186834


Ilikelizards2
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  Message To: Reptilefreak23   In reference to Message Id: 1759748


 Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)

How do you know for sure? Is it because of the large area (sacks?/scales?) by the vent?
I just caught one and am trying to find out.



11/10/10  08:39pm

 #2225447


Kelso reptiles
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  Message To: Ilikelizards2   In reference to Message Id: 2186834


 Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)

males have a blue troat and bellies and all females ave is yellow under their armpits



06/17/11  11:57pm

 #2227588


RedGator
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  Message To: Ilikelizards2   In reference to Message Id: 2186834


 Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)

Color varies greatly in many Sceloporus species. The absolute best way to tell the sex is to look for the two large scales at the base of the tail. If they are there, it’s a male. If not, female. It’s so easy, I don’t even pay attention to color anymore.

Also, I conducted a study of ventral color patches in Western Fence Lizards several years ago, and found that individuals in the northern los Angeles area had so much more color (wider belly patches and deeper color) that even the females had more extensive belly patches there than the males in the southern part of the city. It’s really hard to just wing it and guess by color.



07/04/11  06:25pm

 #2227593


RedGator
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  Message To: Reptilefreak23   In reference to Message Id: 1748773


 Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)

BTW - reptilefreak23
What do you do when the female’s gravid? Do you have a special enclosure to separate her, and acquire the eggs?



07/04/11  06:46pm

 #2253536


FBBA17
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  Message To: Reptilefreak23   In reference to Message Id: 1748773


 Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)

I have a quick question involving the texas spiny lizard and its capabilities to live with others of its kind. Can i have multiple of them living in one cage or would the prove to be bad for them?



01/31/12  10:18pm

 #2255888


Crayola
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  Message To: Reptilefreak23   In reference to Message Id: 1748773


 Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)

Hi, do you know where I could get/buy a female. I have had a male for about 2 years now and would like to breed some.



02/18/12  05:54pm

 #2261572


Mlittle21
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  Message To: Reptilefreak23   In reference to Message Id: 1748773


 Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)

Just found a Spiny Lizard a few days ago and have it as family pet already. Fun to watch. Currently have it in a 10 gallon glass aquarium. I’ve read your post on taking care of them and have follow your directions. I first had a basking light in his cage and realized after reading more information that i needed a uvb light, so i went a purchased one, but it doesn’t put out the heat that the basking light does. Do I need to use both lights at the same time or is there a bulb out there with both uvb and basking. I’m having trouble finding it if it exist.



04/05/12  10:26am

 #2272547


XrawrX
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  Message To: Reptilefreak23   In reference to Message Id: 1748773


 Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)

I have acquired a very young Spiny Lizard from my backyard, I was wondering if there was any more information you could tell me about this type of Lizard. Are they good pets? Do they have any strange behaviors? What’s the best thing to feed them when they are very small? My little Felix sleeps all the time, as soon as he sits in your hand or wherever he feels like traveling to, he closes his eyes. Are there any health concerns? What sort of lighting is best?



07/08/12  03:41pm

 #2273312


Baja
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  Message To: XrawrX   In reference to Message Id: 2272547


 Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)

Sorry for answering so late, but everything you need to know is on the fence lizard forum. Fence lizards and spiny lizards are practically the same thing. Just ask us a few questions and we’ll answer them.



07/14/12  03:48pm

 #2302709


Redfeather54
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  Message To: Reptilefreak23   In reference to Message Id: 1748773


 Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)

I am a new owner of one of these precious lizards. I have read a lot so I would know how to take care of it. I believe I have a female. I did not know about covering three sides of the aquarium, so I learned something new from you. You said you raise them. I can not find anywhere that I can purchase another one. I would like mine to have company. Do you ever sell them to the public? Mine is about five inches long. Where do they hibernate in the winter? In trees? Can two females live together without killing each other? Thank You



12/16/13  11:11pm

 #2304258


Mamabritt
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  Message To: Reptilefreak23   In reference to Message Id: 1748773


 Texas Spiny Lizard

How do you breed Texas Spiny Lizards?







03/29/14  04:46pm

 #2304326


Redfeather54
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  Message To: Coolguy132435   In reference to Message Id: 1748298


 Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)

I have two females Texas Spiny Lizard. They need UVA and a UVB bulb. I have desert sand I bought at Petsmart. They do great with it. I also have a huge limb from a tree that I cut and put in the 55 gallon aquarium with them. A bowl of water and some crickets. With the young TSL do not put to many crickets in there with them also dust the crickets with Calcium/D3 powder. I am looking for a male Texas Spiny Lizard. If you raise them do you have one I can buy from you?



04/01/14  12:57pm

 #2304913


Terramorphis2344
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  Message To: Coolguy132435   In reference to Message Id: 1748298


 Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)

I found what I believe to be a female baby Texas spiny lizard yesterday... I need to know exactly what it will/can eat... I have, on average one side of the tank 72° and the other side 83°, sticks, hollowed log, bowl out water (buried to the brim in sand), and a heart lamp in a 20 gallon tank... And does the heat lamp need to be on at night in Texas during spring and summer?



04/27/14  09:49pm

 #2306713


Brittnrob0313
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  Message To: Coolguy132435   In reference to Message Id: 1748298


 Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)

they eat crickets mine loves meel worms... also the occasional butterfly or grass hopper... put some kinda live plant (i just cut a peace of tree once a week and place it in a water dish... also mist their cage and the leaves so they can hydrate themselves every once in a while spray them with room temp water always they love it =].... make sure yours has a hide-a-way and maybe a rock or two



07/04/14  04:00pm

 #2306715


Brittnrob0313
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  Message To: Reptilefreak23   In reference to Message Id: 1748773


 Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)

i do have a quick question ive had my female texas spiny for about 4 or 5 months now.... can they get lonely and if so.... where do i look to find her a friend??? the one i have was caught at my work and she was gonna be killed so i took her home...



07/04/14  04:02pm

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