Latin name: Crotaphytus collaris
This individual is a male yearling.
Other names: Common Collared Lizard, Oklahoma Collared Lizard, Yellow-Headed Collared Lizard and Mountain Boomer.
Lifestyle and Habitat: These popular and colorful lizards are native to the open dry areas of the Midwestern United States, Southwestern United States and parts of Mexico. They have the ability to run only on their hind legs when they feel threatened and have been clocked at speeds up to 15 mph!
Size and Lifespan: They reach a snout to tail tip length of 8”-15". Adult males have bright blue or turquoise bodies while females stay more of a drab brown. Both sexes have distinctive black collar-like markings around their necks. Their lifespan in human care is 5-8 years.
Quick care stats:
Temperatures: 95 degrees Fahrenheit in the basking area, 80 degrees Fahrenheit on the cool end.
Humidity: On the dry side 30% Misting once daily is recommended in the morning to simulate the desert dew.
Tank size: 20 gallons for babies/juveniles, 50+ gallons for adults. The bigger the better.
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. Dimmable heat bulb only for a wood or melamine tank. Thermostats are always helpful. Full spectrum UVB lighting required for this species and should be on 12-14 hours per day.
Substrate and furniture: Sand substrate 2” deep. Provide lots of rocky hiding places and a nice flat rock in the basking area. Provide a water dish as well.
Diet and feeding: 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 10 feeder insects and then adjusting from there. Fattier food items like worms can be offered 1x weekly for variety and as a treat!
Produce such as spring mix, romaine, and dark raft greens can be offered as a chopped small salad 1-3 times per week.
Always remove uneaten feeder insects if they have not been consumed after a day.
*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.