Eastern fence lizard care
Sure! I actually had one when I was a kid. Took terrible care of it. :I But I am an adult now with much better knowledge!
Fence Lizards (Sceloporus sp.) are small terrestrial lizards native to much of the US. Their care is fairly simple, though they are not big on being handled.
A 10gal is suitable for a juvenile but an adult should be in a 20gal (24” x 12” x 16”) or 20 long (30” x 12” x 12”) for a pair. Substrate should be newspaper or paper towel during quarantine but for the furnished vivarium wood mulch is best. A mix of coco coir/wood mulch is also acceptable. A screen lid is a must for ventilation, but if it’s not built in make sure to use clips on ALL sides of the tank. Avoid sand, or at least feeding on sand, because it may cause impaction. NEVER use crushed walnut or calcium sand.
Add in several pieces of slate rock to bask on and hide under. Build a small cave out of it, or purchase a commercial hide. Cork bark can also be used and looks nice and natural. However, you should put at least one piece of rock under the heat lamp for them to warm up on.
Fake plants are a must to give the lizard a feeling of safety. Nothing dense like a phelsuma viv, but at least a few things to hide in.
A small water dish is also important.
Males will fight, and generally they should be kept alone but can sometimes be kept in pairs.
These guys are insectivores taking small-medium crickets with ease. Always dust crickets with calcium powder to offset their phosphorus. Other foods include small roaches (a good staple), small mealworms (for adults ONLY), waxworms, and phoenix worms. Daily feeding is normal. Adults will eat about 6 crickets a day. Pretty much just feed them as much as they’ll eat in one sitting.
Heating and Lighting
Standard basking heat lamp and UVB. Their basking areas should be 85-90F (slightly cooler 80-85 for easterns) and a UVB light is a MUST. Be sure to mount it inside the cage. A ZooMed reptisun 5.0 is acceptable.
Cool side can reach the mid to low 70s safely.
Generally insignificant to these adaptable lizards, though they like it relatively dry. 40-50%is fine.
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