|Uromastyx is a genus of lizard found in parts of
Africa and the Middle East. There are several
species regularly offered in pet stores, and care
requirements for common species are very
similar. Uromastyx lizards come from very hot
places and need high temperatures to do well
as pets. In the wild these lizards live in burrows
and will do best if offered underground retreats.
This lizard is best suited for intermediate to
experienced keepers and is not recommended
- Common Name: Uromastyx Lizard
- Scientific Name: Uromastyx spp.
- Distribution: Throughout Northern Africa & the
- Size: Species dependent: 8-24"
- Life Span: Species dependent:15-35+ yrs
- Juvenile Uromastyx
need a minimum 20
Juveniles can be
housed together in a
30 gallon terrarium.
- Adult Uromastyx need
a minimum 40+
- Provide plenty of hiding
and basking places.
- Rocks, thick branches
or Mopani Wood make
excellent choices for
- Daytime Terrarium Temperature:
- Basking Spot: 98-115 °F.
- Nighttime Temperature: 75+°F.
- A nighttime drop in temperature
is natural and can be
accomplished by turning off all
overhead heating devices, and
leaving a ReptiTherm® UTH on
24 hours per day.
- Zoo Med's Basking Spot Lamp,
PowerSun®, Repti Halogen™
and Ceramic Heat Emitters, are
good choices for heating
- Provide a large rock directly
under the basking area to help
- UVB Lighting is essential for
Uromastyx to process calcium
- Without UVB lighting and a
proper diet, Uromastyx will
develop serious health
problems such as Metabolic
Bone Disease (MBD).
- UVB Lighting should be left on
for 10-12 hours per day and
turned off at night.
- Zoo Med's ReptiSun® Linear
and Compact Fluorescent
Lamps are a great choice for
providing Uromastyx with UVB.
The PowerSun® is an excellent
way to provide both UVB and
Heat all in one lamp!
- Uromastyx live in arid, sandy
places in the wild and will do
well on a variety of sand-type
substrates in captivity. They
prefer a mixture of sand and soil
that will allow them to burrow.
- Hatchling Uromastyx will do best
on Cage Carpet such as Zoo Med's
Eco Carpet or Vita-Sand®.
- Excavator® Burrowing Clay
Substrate will allow you to create
a naturalistic terrarium complete
with burrows and tunnels for your
animals. Uromastyx live in burrows
and will require underground
retreats to provide security.
- A mixture of Eco Earth® &
ReptiSand® or ReptiFresh® are
excellent choices of substrates
for Uromastyx species.
- Uromastyx are omnivorous reptiles that require
a well balanced diet of both insects and plants.
Although they will eat many different types of food,
plant matter should make up the bulk of their diet.
- Juveniles will need to be fed pinhead to small
size crickets daily along with other small insects
such as mealworms. Zoo Med offers a variety of
Can O' insects and canned diets that will make
offering a varied diet convenient.
- Collard or Dandelion Greens, Hibiscus flowers,
Romaine lettuce and other veggies can be
offered 1-2 times a week.
- Uromastyx will take vegetables and Zoo Med's
pelleted or canned Bearded Dragon Diet as a
staple. Insects should be offered 2-3 times
- Always remove uneaten insects after
- ReptiCalcium® and ReptiVite™ with Vitamin D
can be added to both live and plant foods