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September 26, 2005

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Amelda, the Pet of the Day
Name: Amelda
Age: Five years old
Gender: Female
Kind: Mali Uromastyx Lizard
Home: Yardville, New Jersey, USA
   My lizard Amelda is such a delightful little critter. She is a Mali Uromastyx Lizard. She spends most of the time hiding inside her rock cave, but occasionally emerges to day dream about the deserts of Africa while basking underneath her heat lamp. She must maintain a body temperature of between 95 and 105 in order to digest her food. Amelda's favorite foods are strawberries, bananas, collard greens, and mixed veggies. Since she is a vegetarian, her food must be sprinkled with calcium powder in order to keep her bones strong and healthy. For exercise, she tries to climb the glass walls of her aquarium or runs inside her clear plastic exercise ball exploring the house.

    Amelda is very tame and will let anyone hold her. She enjoys chasing after her sister, Loupi the parrot, or just gazing outside the window and watching the kids play. She is the perfect pet and requires very little care. Just watching her follow me around the room with those big brown eyes really makes my day!

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