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Western Collared Lizard Care Sheet

Scientific Name: Crotaphytus collaris

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Estimated Size: 10" to 13"
Natural Location: South West USA

Distribution Map

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Captive Care Information

Food & Water

Like most carnivourous lizards, the diet of the Western Collared Lizard should contain a wide variety of insects. Provide a mixture of crickets, mealworms, silkworms, waxworms, etc. In the wild, Western Collared Lizards also eat small lizards and snakes. Make sure all insects are gut-loaded with healthy food, and dusted with a calcium or multi-vitamin supplement. Place a small dish in the enclosure for water.

Lighting, Temperature & Humidity

Keep the lights on a 12 hour day cycle, using full-spectrum (UVB) flourescent lighting. An incandescent bulb, ceramic heat emitter or/and a heat pad needs to be used to provide a daytime heat gradient ranging from 75 degrees F to 88 degrees F. Drop the temperature down to around 73 degrees F at night. Western Collared Lizards only require a low level of humidity.


A 3' x 1.5' x 1.5' minimum should be adhered to for the size of the enclosure. Remember, bigger is better. Use playsand or light gravel for the substrate. These lizards are used to living on sand or a lightly packed ground. They also need a lot of cover for hiding.


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