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PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2009 2:38 pm 
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Common Name: Common Lizard, Viviparous Lizard

Latin Name: Zootoca vivipara ( formerly Lacerta vivipara )

Native to: Europe and Asia.

Size: Anything up to 18cm long although usually 10 - 16cm ( including tail )

Life span: Longest recorded is 12 years.

General appearance: Females tend to be slightly larger and stockier than males. Often having an olive green-brown body with marked ridges and a reddish belly although appearance may vary and colours can range from deep-purple brown through to a yellowish grey.

Housing requirements:
Enclosure: An enclosure of 36x15x12" is fine for a pair. Anything larger is obviously an advantage.

Temperature: The ambient temperature should be about 15° - 18° C in summer with a basking site being about 32° C. During the winter the tank can be reduced to a temperate of 5° - 10° C without the need for a basking spot. Humidity should be kept constant by spraying every 2 days.

Light: I recommend a UVB source emitting about 5 - 10 % UV.

Substrate: Sandy Soil mixed with either Coconut fibre or peat moss, with a ratio of 2:1 will be fine with a depth of about 6-10 inches
Environment: These lizards should be provided with plenty of places to hide, burrow and climb. Some flat rocks for basking and hiding under are a bonus along with a few small live plants.

Diet: Ants, Beetles, Common green grasshopper, Field grasshopper, Flies, Meadow grasshopper, Moths, Slugs and snails, Spiders and harvestmen. Food may be dusted with something like Nurobol if required.

Water: This should always be fresh and provided in a shallow tray / dish allowing soaking if required.
Handling: This should be kept to a minimum, although if you are handling be very gentle as they have the ability to drop their tails.

Maintenance: The enclosure should be spot cleaned daily. A thorough cleaning should be performed on a regular basis. A 5% bleach solution is an excellent disinfectant. Be sure to thoroughly rinse the enclosure before replacing the substrate and placing the slow worm back in the enclosure. Hand washing after handling the lizard or any cage furnishings is essential.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 7:13 am 
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Good stuff thanks for posting that :mrgreen:


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 11:31 am 
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No problem :D

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 15, 2009 7:27 pm 
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hi, today i found one of these it hopped right onto my hand while i was weeding :mrgreen: was careful because it looked like a pregnant female !

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Hi thanks 4 care sheet. It was really helpful. :rofl: I also would like to know if viviparous lizards can be kept in an enclosure with a slowworm. If so does the vivarium need to be any larger? Thanks in advance 4 replies. :snake: :snake: :snake: :snake: :snake: :snake: :snake: :snake: :snake: :snake:


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