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Long-Tailed Lizard Care Guide

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6 things to know about your long-tailed lizard

  • Experience Level: Beginner
  • Size: They grow up to a foot long
  • Lifespan: Long-tailed lizards live for approximately 5 years
  • Origin: They originate from Southern Asia
  • Behavior: They are most active during the day
  • What's In a Name: As the name suggests, their tail is 3 times longer than their body

How do I set up a long-tailed lizard habitat?

Multiple long-tailed lizards can be housed together or with other compatible tropical animals. They require a warm, humid environment.

  • House your long-tailed lizard in a tank of at least 10 gallons, with a screened lid.
  • The tank should have a cooler side and a warmer side to help your lizard regulate its body temperature. During the day, the cool side should be between 75 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit; the warm side should be between 85 and 90 degrees. At night, the entire tank should be between 65 and 75 degrees. Equip the habitat with a thermometer on each side to monitor the temperature.
  • The habitat’s humidity should be 50-80%. Maintain humidity by keeping the water dish full and misting your pet and habitat 2 to 3 times a day, or use an automatic fogger, mister or drip system. Monitor moisture levels with a hygrometer (humidity gauge).
  • Reptiles require a 12-hour day/night cycle. A UVA/UVB bulb will supply the rays that help your lizard properly absorb calcium.
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What do long-tailed lizards eat?

  • Offer your lizard live crickets every day or every other day, during daytime hours, alternating with mealworms and waxworms. Insects should be no larger than half the size of the lizard’s head.
  • Dust the insects with a calcium supplement twice a week and a reptile multivitamin once a week.
  • Keep fresh, clean water available in a shallow dish.
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How can I keep my long-tailed lizard healthy?

Try not to handle lizards for 3 to 4 days, while they adjust to their new home. If you notice any of the following signs during or after your long-tailed lizard’s settling-in period, contact a veterinarian or a PetSmart store associate

  • Runny droppings for more than 2 days
  • Eating or drinking less; weight loss
  • Swollen joints
  • Discharge from the eyes, nose or mouth
  • Shedding problems; discolored skin
  • Avoiding the basking area; more time spent hiding
  • Thoroughly wash your hands before contact with your reptile.
  • Use caution when handling pets, and remember they may bite or scratch, especially when stressed.
  • Supervise children around pets.
  • All animals can carry viral, bacterial, fungal, and parasitic diseases that are contagious to humans. Thoroughly wash your hands with warm, soapy water after contact with any pet, its habitat, or aquarium water. Adults should assist children with hand-washing.


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