Saharan Uromastyx Caresheet


Background Information
Saharan Uromastyx are native to Algeria, Mali and Niger. This species grows to a adult size of 1m and weighing up to 200g on average. A colourful species which have dotted yellow or orange stripes going across their backs which over time as they age takes over their bodies leaving them an nice yellow or orange colour as adults. 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



Desert - Arid Regions

Life Span

Up to 8 years on average

Active Time of Day


Natural Prey


Terrestrial / Semi Arboreal / Arboreal / Aquatic / Fossorial

Terrestrial to fossorial


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

53 - 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. In the wild these agamids would bask in the earlier hours of the day collecting as much heat and UV to give them then energy to wonder and search for food - these are very active lizards especially when young so it is important they are able to do this to allow them to stay healthy and express natural behaviour. When older these agamids must be housed seperatly to prevent fights occuring.

Vivarium size

3ft 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


Most Natural: Sand
Alternatives: Aspen


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


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


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


Spot pick every other day, full clean monthly