||One year old|
||Steppe Runner Lizard|
||San Angelo, Texas, USA|
(which means "grey" in Bulgarian) is a young male steppe runner lizard
native to the semi-arid regions of western Europe and Russia. Steppe runners
(Eremias arguta) are extremely new to the pet reptile community so we are all
still learning about this beautiful little lizard. Although he is young, he
is full grown at about five inches long. He eats mainly insects and his favorite
seems to be crickets as he loves to chase them down.
Caring for these types of lizards is extremely easy once you get their
habitat set up correctly. They are terrestrial lizards, meaning they need
more ground space to crawl around on than vertical space to climb. Full
grown, they will need a terrarium the size of a twenty gallon tank at minimum,
but bigger is always better. They are from semi arid regions and prefer sand
or sand-like substrate to dig and burrow in, as well as lots of rocks to
climb and bask on. Think "desert" when decorating the terrarium and you can't
go wrong. They do require special UVB light and a photo-period of about eight to ten
hours a day, as UVB light helps aid in the digestion of certain vitamins.
For such a small lizard, he is relatively tame! There are times when he just
doesn't want to be held and will bury himself, but most of the time he is
just as content to rest on the palm of your hand. And he never bites or shows
any sign of aggression. Overall, he is a super cool little lizard and I think
everybody should have one.
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