Zak Jarvis (voidmonster) wrote in baaaaabyanimals,
Zak Jarvis
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Young uromastyx lizard

Not quite a baby, more of a 'pre-teen'. I think he's about 6 months old. Uri (at some point he'll get a spoon to play with) the Uromastyx maliensis. I've had a goodly number of reptiles as pets in my life, and this little guy takes the cake for friendly. His behavior is dog-like and he thrives on attention and having his head and neck scratched. Bizarre. And more importantly, cute.




He's currently about half his adult size. Being a deep-desert animal, his preference is for very, very warm. I've currently got him in an enclosure with a 200watt zoo med uva/uvb light that keeps his basking rock at an almost-chilly 120 degrees Farenheit. This species is comfortable at temperatures up to 150 degrees. In the future, I intend to get an under-tank heater so I can make it warmer for him.

Uromastyx are almost exclusively vegetarian, preferring dry seeds, shoots and leafy vegetables. Some like to have the occasional mealworm or cricket, but Uri doesn't seem very interested in them. His favorite food is sprouted peas and lentils. The mali Uromastyx is from the north African nation of Mali. They're burrowers that like to hang out on rocks in the Sahara.
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