Latin name: Leiolepis belliana
This individual is an adult male and has a small kink in his tail.
These beautifully colored lizards are native to Vietnam and parts of southern China. They typically reach a snout to vent length of 6" and a comparatively very long tali length of 10-16". Their lifespan in human care is up to 10 years.
Unlike most other reptiles, Butterfly Agamas form a monogamous pair and stay together their whole lives. They are also great parents and care for their offspring when they are still very young.
They are very active diurnal lizards who can be seen patrolling their habitat throughout the day, making them great display pets.
Quick care stats:
Temperatures: 95 degrees Fahrenheit in the basking area, 75-80 degrees Fahrenheit on the cool end.
Humidity: Wide range 30%-70% Misting once daily is recommended.
Tank size: 15-20 gallons for babies/juveniles, 40+ gallons for adults.
Tank type: Low rectangle - allow ample for floor space. These guys are very active and love to wander.
Lighting: Both a heat pad and a dimmable heat lamp are recommended for housing this species in glass tanks. Thermostats are always helpful. Full spectrum UVB lighting required for this species and should be on 12-14 hours per day.
Substrate and furniture: Excavator clay or another type of substrate that holds it's shape 6+' deep. These guys need to be able to burrow. Provide plenty of hiding places on the top of the substrate as well. Provide a water dish that is not so deep that the lizard cannot climb back out.
Diet and feeding: Butterfly Agamas are primarily insectivores but will also eat greens and fruit when offered.
For the insect part of their diet, offer live crickets/feeder roaches 2-3 times per week. Gage the number of insects your lizard will eat based on the number they leave behind. We recommend starting with an offer of 5-10 feeder insects and then adjusting from there. Fattier food items like worms can be offered 1x weekly for variety and as a treat!
Always remove uneaten feeder insects if they have not been consumed after a day.
For the produce their diet, a mixture of dark leafy greens/spring mix and lettuces can be offered two times per week. Soft tropical fruits such as mango, papaya and banana as well as berries can be offered in small amounts.
*All food items must be dusted with both vitamin and calcium powder prior to feeding.*
Food size: The feeder insect should be able to fit width-wise between your lizard's eyes.
Produce should be cut such that your agama can fit a piece in its mouth and chew and swallow without issue.