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Curly Tail Lizard

Experience Level: Beginner

curly tailed lizard in habitat

Nutrition & Maintenance

Dietary Requirements
• Curly-tail Lizards are mainly insectivores, meaning their diet consists primarily of insects, however they will enjoy occasional vegetables and fruit.

• Curly-tails benefit from a variety of different items in their diet so it is important to alternate the insects and vegetables being fed.

• They require calcium supplementation as part of their diet and may benefit from a reptile multivitamin.
• Worms, vegetables and fruit should be fed from a bowl to avoid accidental ingestion of the substrate.

 

Dietary Options 
  Examples Feeding Frequency
Insects* Crickets**, mealworms, occasional waxworms

Feed daily.

 

Offer only enough that can be consumed by the end of the day.

Vegetables* Dark, leafy greens (green leaf lettuce)

Twice weekly.

Offer only enough to be consumed in four hours.

Fruits Berries, bananas

Once weekly.

Offer only enough to be consumed in four hours.

*Insects and Vegetables should be dusted with a calcium supplement twice weekly and reptile multivitamin once weekly.

**Crickets should be fed a gut-loaded diet (commercially available nutrient-dense diet) prior to being fed to the reptile to ensure they have the proper nutrients for a healthy reptile diet. 

 

Water
• Curly-tail Lizards may drink from a shallow dish.

• Water bowls should be emptied and refilled daily.

Other Reminders
Use caution when handling pets and remember that all pets may bite or scratch especially when stressed. Avoid picking up your pet by the tail as it may fall off. Supervise children around pets.

Pets may transmit disease to humans; be sure to wash your hands before and after handling your pet or cleaning his home.