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Mali Uromastyx (Uromastyx spp.)

Experience Level: Intermediate

Mali Uromastyx in terrarium

Nutrition and Maintenance

Dietary Requirements
• Malis are omnivores, meaning their diet consists of insects and vegetables, although vegetables are the primary dietary component.

• They benefit from a variety in their diet so it is important to alternate the vegetables.

• They require calcium supplementation as part of their diet.

• Vegetables should be fed from a bowl to avoid accidental ingestion of the substrate.


Dietary Options
  Examples Feeding Frequency

Dark, leafy greens

(kale, collard, mustard,

dandelion, escarole) and

vegetables (zucchini,

cauliflower, broccoli,

squash and shredded carrots)

Two tablespoons every day;

should constitute 90-95% of the diet.


Offer only enough to be

consumed in four hours.


Apples and 

firm berries

Offer every third day

Bird Seed

Parakeet or Finch Seed

Sprinkle seed over every other

feeding to aid in digestion.



Insects should be 5% or less of the

diet; offer no more than once


*Insects and vegetables should be dusted with a calcium supplement twice weekly

**Crickets should be feed 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.


• Mali Uromastyx may drink from a shallow dish although the majority of their water comes from their diet. Sprinkle vegetables with water prior to feeding.

• 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. 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.

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