Asian Long Tailed Lizards have a total snout to vent length of 6cm, total sizes including its extremely long tail 30cm. These are a lovely active species from South-East Asia.
As the name suggests, these lizards have extremely long tails of about 30cm (12 inch) with bodies of 6cm (2.25 inches). Adults are generally shades of browns with beige lateral stripes, some can be an olive green colour. Young and semi-mature specimens have a green haze over their bodies.
They are found in sunny grasslands and open woodlands of South-East Asia and Southern China to Japan.
You can keep a small group of four to six in a 36x15x15inch vivarium. A large tall enclosure would best suit this species, as they would normally be found climbing through tall grasses in the wild. Males are reasonably tolerant of one another, but try not to keep too many in a group.
They prefer a marsh terrarium with hot dry places beneath the spot lamps. Provide a background temperature of 22-28C (71.6-82.4F) with a hot spot of 35-40C (95-104F). The humidity levels should be in the range of 70-80%. Use sand, soil/sand mix or leaf mould for the substrate and provide plenty of plants for climbing.
Although these lizards are small they can tackle slightly larger prey by biting the neck, then tarring off the limbs and then thoroughly chewing. They feed on a number of insects such as crickets, locusts, wax worms etc. Fresh, clean water should be provided in a shallow dish.
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