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Malayan Butterfly Agama (Leiolepis belliana)Description:
Malayan Butterfly Agamas are grey to olive with yellow or red stripes down their sides. They will grow up to 20 inches in length. These lizards can live up to 10 years if taken care of properly.Habitat and Tank Requirements:
This species is native to China and Southeast Asia.
These lizards do well with a deep sand or sand/gravel mix substrate. Be sure to put plenty of plants, wood, and rocks for them to hide in. They do not climb in the wild, but do like to hide and burrow.
One Malayan Butterfly Agama can be housed in a 20 gallon tank. A screen cover is recommended for your tank, as it allows better airflow and heating.
A comfortable temperature for these lizards is around 75-85º F during the day and nighttime temperatures around 70º F. LEDs or other low-wattage light bulbs work best for maintaining these temperatures.
In addition to UV light, these lizards need a hotter basking area of about 95º F. You can use either a ceramic heat emitter or a reptile basking light for this. Heat rocks are not recommended as they can burn your animal.
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 won’t drink from a bowl. In this case some sort of dropper is recommended.Diet:
Malayan Butterfly Agamas are mainly insectivorous and will feed on small crickets, fruit flies, mealworms, wax worms, and any other insect small enough for them to ingest. Some individuals will eat fruits and vegetables as a treat. It is recommended that food be dusted with calcium to prevent bone softening.Handling:
Allow your lizard time to become accustomed to its new home before handling them extensively. Handling them little by little over a period of time lets the animal get used to you and reduces stress.
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