Uromastyx care and breeding by Troy Jones

Last modified 08/03/15


I have retired from selling and keeping reptiles.

This is my 3rd and final retirement in 20+ years.

First time my house was hit by a tornado and had to sell out. I had 30 Ornates in a spare bed room at that time.

Second time retired I had like 4 major surgeries in 4 years.

Third time is real. Finally had to admit that I cant keep up with 20-30 lizards at a time anymore.

Those of you that know me know I love Uromastyx as a species and although I no longer work with them they remain my absolute favorite vegetarian lizard!

Thank you for your interest in Uromastyx!

Kindest regards,

Troy Jones


My article was published in this months Reptiles Magazine!!

Click Here: http://www.reptilesmagazine.com/Lizards/Ornate-Uromastyx-Care-and-Breeding-Tips/

Click Here: http://www.reptilesmagazine.com/Lizards/Ornate-Uromastyx-Care-and-Breeding-Tips/

Click Here: http://www.reptilesmagazine.com/Lizards/Ornate-Uromastyx-Care-and-Breeding-Tips/


Jan/Feb 2000 - 15 years ago I had an article published in Reptilian Jan/Feb 2000 issue.


Here are my captive care instructions for establishing Uromastyx Ornata.

1) Cover all glass for 1-3 months. I use beach towels.

2) 120 degrees in the basking area and 80-90 degrees on the opposite site, called the cool side. I also use UVB light in addition to basking. My preference is florescent UVB lights.

3) 4 foot by 2 foot enclosure

4) At least 3 hides per cage. One on basking side, one in the middle, and one on the cool side. More hides needed if more than one lizard.

5) Sand, tile, paper, rock, and/or bare floor for bedding.

6) Never use Calcium Sand or Crush Walnut Shells for bedding - This could be fatal to your lizard.

7) No water in the cage.

8) No baths.

9) Do not feed insects.

10) Feed a good mix of greens (turnip greens, mustard greens, collard greens, kale).

11) Clean cage and feed in the morning or at night. Try not to be seen by your Uromastyx for the first month or so.

12) Weigh your Uromastyx once per month. Weight loss is one of the first signs that your Uromastyx is in distress.

13) Don't treat for parasites for the first 6 months the Uromastyx is in your care.

14) Don't treat for parasites unless your Uromastyx is losing weight.

15) Do not handle your Uromastyx except to weigh it once per month for the first month or so.

16) If you want to handle you lizard please give it at least a month to settle in. Afterwards, begin by trying to get it to eat out of your hand. Only handle for short periods of time. Slowly begin to extend the handling period.

17) Never keep different species of Uromastyx in the same cage. i.e., donít keep Ornate's with Mails. Donít keep Saharans with Rainbows. Donít Keep Philbyi with Banded, Etc.

18) Never use under the tank heaters. Uromastyx absorb heat from above, not below. They may not be able to move off an under tank heater soon enough and it could burn them.

When I purchase a new Uromastyx, I acclimate them and keep them separate from my other lizards until I've had them for at least 3 months.


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