(THE COLLARED LIZARD)
These collared lizards
occur in much of the US as well as Mexico. They are not only categorized by species but also by various locales where
they occur. You will see a few photos of some of the ones I've worked with over the last few years as well as some
of which I am presently working with.
The collareds are small
in size when compared to many of the lizards found in the US and Mexico. They are quick to jump and can easily reach a height
three to four times their size. When surprised or scared they can run a good distance at a pretty good speed while on their
hind legs. The males especially can be quite colorful and each locale color seems to vary from one area to another. They do
very well in a sizeable tank or cage as they are quite active and can cover the length of their enclosures in no time. The
wc seem to do well after their acclimation phase and the cb are mostly calm and gentle as they seem to look forward to
an occasional petting sessions.
Collareds are mainly insectivores but can quickly adapt to added foods such as my turkey salad. They do well on play
sand with a few rocks and a good climbing branch or grapevine to play on. A hide for them to sleep/nap in and a bowl of fresh
water helps make a good setup. A single collared, a pair or even a trio can be kept together. I have housed larger groups
with two to three males in it without any cage mate aggression to speak of. Good UVB cage lighting and a warm basking site
is necessary in order for them to thrive in captivity.