How to Care for an Eastern Collared Lizard
- 1). Provide a properly sized enclosure. Aquariums with screen lids work well; a 20- to 30-gallon aquarium is the recommended minimum for a single adult.
- 2). Provide a basking area. Eastern collared lizards need an area in their enclosure where the temperature reaches 95 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit. A light bulb that is made for reptiles works well to provide a basking spot. Basking lights can be turned off at night. The remainder of their enclosure should be maintained at 75 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit in the daytime, with a five to 10 degree temperature drop at night.
- 3). Provide full spectrum UVB lighting. Full spectrum lighting is required for the eastern collared lizard to metabolize calcium properly.
- 4). Choose a suitable substrate. Eastern collared lizards do well on sand and small rocks.
- 5). Provide multiple hiding places. Eastern collared lizards are shy creatures and need secure areas in which to hide. Small caves made out of rocks work well and provide a naturalistic setting.
- 6). Provide a shallow bowl of drinking water. Some eastern collared lizards will not drink from a bowl, and will need to be watered by hand using a dropper.
- 7). Feed the eastern collared lizard a diet of crickets, wax worms and green vegetables. Babies should be fed daily, and adults should be fed three to four times per week. Food should be supplemented with a calcium product every other feeding.