Ocellated Uromastyx Caresheet

 

Background Information
Ocellated Uromastyx are native to Egypt and Sudan. This species grows to a adult size of 1m and weighing up to 200g on average. Getting its name from the white ocelli or eye like spots which are spread across its back. A colourful species males being more vibrant ranging from green blue, brown or yellow dependent on their age and sex. Males tend to have orange bars across their backs where as females have red coloured throats. A herbivourous animal their favorite food being the spikey African Acacia tree. Emerging from burrows mid morning to bask before going out in the extreme heat searching for sparse vegatation in the arid mountainous deserts of Northeast Africa.

Level of Experience

Beginner

Habitat

Desert - Arid Regions

Life Span

Up to 25 years

Active Time of Day

Diurnal

Natural Prey

Vegetation

Terrestrial / Semi Arboreal / Arboreal / Aquatic / Fossorial

Terrestrial to fossorial

Reproduction

Mate: Spring
Lay: Summer

Clutch Size

8 - 10

Breeding Weights / Length / Age

Males: 150g+ / 1.5ft / 2 year of age
Females: 200g / 1.5 - 2ft / 2 years of age

Brumation Time

2 months

Brumation Temperature

25 – 30 'C photoperiod reductions 6 - 8 hours

Incubation Time

60 - 70 days

Incubation Temperature

31 – 34 ’C

 


Captive Requirements and Welfare
These agamids require VERY hot temperatures, With their herbivorous nature offer them a mix diet of leafy greens and seeds.

Vivarium size

4ft x 1.5ft x 1.5ft for hatchling / adult

Daytime Temperature (cool – warm)

28 – 35 ‘C

Basking area : 45 'C

Night-time Temperature

22 – 26 ‘C - A blue bulb NOT RED can be used for this also simulates a natural moonlight

Heating / Lighting Equipment (on timers)

Arcadia T5 / T8 D3+ UVB tube with a high wattage bulb (80w min) Ideally the Arcadia all in one bulb allows the uro to bask whilst utilising more UVB

Substrate

Most Natural: Sand
Alternatives: Aspen

Hides

Uros often make burrows as hides but sometimes use rocky crevices as their hiding spot

Decor

Branches, fake plants and hilly areas allow the opportunity to climb and find shade

Water

Fresh water can always be provided but it is unlikely they'll touch it as they get most of their water source from vegatation

Food (Feeding)

Leafy greens such as watercress, kale and dandelion greens. Seed wise millet or clover

Cleaning

Spot pick every other day, full clean monthly