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Longtail Lizard


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Traits & behavior

This means they eat mostly live insects.

This means they're active during the day and sleep at night.

They live well together and with other similarly sized, gentle reptiles or amphibians like green anoles, house geckos and treefrogs. If housing multiple pets, watch for any aggressive or territorial behavior.

Things to remember

Always supervise children when they're observing your long-tailed lizard.

Long-tailed lizards are delicate and should not be handled very much. Take care to never handle him by the tail - it could break off.

Long-tailed lizards come from a tropical environment and need a warm, humid home.

Food safety
Remove uneaten insects from the habitat at the end of the day; do not allow to remain in habitat overnight.

Safety & cleanliness
Please remember that all pets may bite or scratch, and may transmit disease to humans. Keep your pet's home clean and wash your hands before and after handling your pet or cleaning his home. Infants, young children, pregnant women, people with compromised immune systems, and the infirm or elderly are at greater risk of infections and should use caution when in contact with the pet or its habitat. Consult your doctor for more information.


Crickets & worms
Long-tailed lizards eat small, live insects, like "gut loaded" crickets (feed the insects a special supplement so they have extra nutrients), mealworms or waxworms.

Feeding frequency & amount
Feed juveniles twice a day during their growth period; adults 3-4 times a week. Offer an amount that can be consumed by the end of the day.

Calcium dust

"Dust" the insects with a calcium supplement twice a week - ask a PetSmart associate for details.

Provide a shallow dish for drinking water and change it daily. Mist all surfaces of the habitat daily to provide drinking water and maintain humidity.


Signs of a healthy long-tailed lizard:

  • Curious, active behavior
  • Clear, alert eyes
  • Sheds regularly during growth
  • Eats and drinks normally
  • Breathes easily
  • Well-formed droppings every 2-3 days

Things to watch for:

  • Runny droppings or red streaks in droppings for more than two days
  • Lethargic behavior
  • Eating or drinking less; weight loss
  • Swollen joints
  • Discharge from the eyes, nose or mouth
  • Shedding problems; discolored skin

If you notice any of the signs above, please consult an experienced Reptile Veterinarian as soon as possible.


Use a 20-gallon or larger, long glass terrarium with a screen lid for proper ventilation.

Hiding & climbing
Include several hiding places, plus an assortment of climbing branches.

Keep the humidity level inside the habitat at 70-80%. A hygrometer (humidity gauge) will help you keep track.


  • Day - Maintain a daytime temperature between 75-85° F
  • Basking - Provide a basking spot lamp to create a localized basking area of 85-90° F
  • Night - Maintain a nighttime temperature between 70-75° F
  • Place a thermometer at each end of the home to monitor temperatures

Use a daytime UVA/UVB fluorescent bulb for approximately 12 hours of light per day to help your pet process calcium.

Line the terrarium floor with 2"-3" of coconut fiber or reptile bark bedding to help maintain humidity levels. Clean out waste weekly and change bedding at least once a month to prevent fungus or mold growth.

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