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    vegetable eating lizard

    Sorry if this is a stupid question, but I was wondering if there are any lizards that eat fruits & veggies instead of crickets & worms. I know an iguana eats fruits & veggies, but Im looking for something that doesn`t grow that much. Gecko or anole size would be nice. Can anyone point me in the right direction?

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    Re:vegetable eating lizard

    Most herbivores have diets that are much harder to adequatley meet in captivity. Also there are few small ones. Solomon Island Skinks only get about two feet, and are herbivores. They are also a little hard to find, and cost around two hundred.

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    Re:vegetable eating lizard

    Green iguanas are herbivores. However, they are difficult lizards to keep because a) they can be aggressive and deliver nasty bites requiring emergency room care, b) they require very specific habitat requirements (lighting, heat, etc.)
    Also, because they are herbivores, you have to get their diet EXACTLY right or they will get sick and die quickly and without warning. The problem comes from the fact that they need a variety of vegetables to get a good balance of protein, minerals (especially calcium), and vitamins.
    Two books I would recommend on iguanas before purchasing one are Melissa Kaplan`s "Iguanas for Dummies" and James Hatfield`s "Green Iguanas: The Ulitmate Owner`s Manual". I can send you a care sheet if you need one, but research them first before buying one. You may find that an iguana is not for you.
    Good luck! John
    PS: Geckos and anoles are carnivores that eat insects (viz. crickets).

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    Re:vegetable eating lizard

    myself, and have settled on getting a Uromastyx. They do get larger than geckos, although I`m not sure the average size. The largest variety is the Egyptian Uro, which gets about 3 feet from snout to tail (I think!). Most other varieties are significantly smaller than that, maybe 1.5 feet. Either way, they are ground dwelling and will need a decently large enclosure, about 4x2.5 feet, and about 2 feet high. They also require a lot of heat, about 120 degrees in the basking spot for adults. They do not require humidity.
    Care, from what I`ve read, is relatively easy. There are several excellent care sheets available: http://www.deerfernfarms.com/UromastyxCare.htm http://www.karnivorherpetoculture.com http://www.kingsnake.com/uromastyx
    There is also the wonderful forum at kingsnake.com, http://www.kingsnake.com/forum/uromastyx , and an email list at http://www.icomm.ca/dragon/urolist.htm .
    Their diet is mostly greens, and insects are optional. Most feed them only maybe 6 crickets every two weeks, and some Uros won`t eat them anyway. :]
    They also have the very good quality of being generally calm and friendly once acclimated, and some of them have GORGEOUS color patterns (the Ornate variety especially).

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