How to Care for an Agama Lizard

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Agama Lizards are active during the day and enjoy low humidity and sunshine (or UVB lighting). Indigenous to Africa, these relatively tame lizards prefer a semi-dry environment. Caring for an Agama Lizard is easy as long as you can provide them with basic necessities.

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    Provide your Agama Lizard with a 48" x 18" x 18" container. Adults can grow quite large and tend to be active.

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    Know that Agamas will be tame if you handle them often. However, they are territorial around other males-keep males separate.

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    Care for an Agama Lizard by providing it with UVB lighting(full spectrum 5% lighting) at least 8 to 10 hours per day. You also should provide a cooler or shaded area.

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    When you create the lizard's enviroment, provide climbing areas made out of rocks and use logs for basking areas. Build hiding places out of rocks or cork bark.

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    Keep temperatures during the day at around 90 degrees Fahrenheit in basking areas, and around 80 degrees Fahrenheit in cool or shaded areas.

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    Maintain night temperatures around 74 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. For 24-hour ground heat, use a reptile heating mat.

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    Keep small amounts of water in a dish inside the Agama's tank. Mist the inside of the tank with water weekly.

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    Know that Agama Lizards like to eat insects. Provide them with a variety of food for proper nutrition, including locusts, crickets, mealworms and waxworms.

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    Include a vitamin supplement and sprinkle calcium on the Agama's meals to ensure proper nutrition.

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