Mali Uromastyx is robust black lizards that often have brown or yellow colorations on their backs. The slightly larger males can grow from 13-16 inches long while females only get 11-14 inches long. These lizards can live over 12 years if taken care of properly. These are one of the hardiest lizards available and have friendly temperaments.
Uromastyx are herbivores. Most of their diet should consist of dark, leafy greens such as escarole, endive, collards, and dandelion leaves. Light greens, like lettuce, arenít ideal because they have very little nutritional value. These lizards will also eat edible flowers and fruit, though citrus should be avoided because of its high acidity. Carrots and other vegetables high in Vitamin A should be given only rarely, as too much can lead to Vitamin A poisoning. It is recommended that food be dusted with calcium to prevent bone softening.
Your tank should have a small, shallow bowl of water that is cleaned daily. This is for your lizard to drink from as well as wade in. Some lizards wonít drink from a bowl, and in fact the Mali Uromastyx gets most of its water from the food it eats. Spray greens with water to give them extra hydration.