Geyri enjoys her new house

Geyri is really enjoying her new house. She was afraid for a while after I moved her to the new house, and mostly hid for a couple weeks. Then she decided it was time to go out and explore this new place, starting out carefully, checking out places a little further away from her big cave as she went. I needed to move her because in her old glass house, it was impossible to control her temps during 2 of the 4 seasons here.  In the process, she got 1’ more of length and 6” more width. 

They are prey animals in the desert, and never lose the instinct to be afraid.   Now she is all over the place!  A happy Uro uses every part of her little desert, and now she is a happy one.

She has her old big mountain cave that she sleeps in at night, safe down under the front ledge, at an ambient air temp of about 100 degrees during the day and 70 at night. That cave is her favorite place, and was her first home when she arrived here. It also serves as her favorite basking spot, at about 125 surface degrees on top and lower down the sides, and she can choose where to lay on it to be at the temperature she wants.

She has her cork log to run thru, you go in here and come out there.  

Beyond that is an oasis.  There are some oases scattered thru the  desert her parents came from, and her oasis is in the cool end of her house, at about 85 degrees. There is a nice small cave for her to go into in the oasis. Air plants are in the oasis, to show her there is a cooler place where some plants will grow.  I take them out and soak them once a week and they do pretty well in the cool end of Geyri’s desert.   I have a happy and healthy little Uromastyx with a big personality,  and she makes me smile and laugh.  

I’ve been a lazy blogger for a while, but garden blogs will be coming.   I hope all my readers are well and safe.  

22 responses to “Geyri enjoys her new house

    • Thanks! It’s important to provide a home very much like where they live in the wild. She has decided she doesn’t like dried food. I dried flowers for her last summer but even if I wet them to rehydrate, she says noo…..I want fresh flowers. Right now that’s only dandelions, but there will be more for her soon.

  1. Glad to see Geyri is enjoying her new impressive looking house. Maybe you could give her a special comfy spot in your garden during the summer… 😉

    • Herman thanks. It’s important for their health and happiness to proved a house very much like where the live in the wild. I did my homework! She can go outside on the hottest summer days, in a mesh basket type of thing I have, for short periods to get real sunlight. It’s stressful for them tho; different sights and sounds are scary. Being prey animals, they really are very nervous little creatures. She’s happiest in her own little desert. 🙂

  2. Do you routinely “clean” Geryi’s living space? I’m thinking of how most pets “soil” and we humans who love them must “change out” their poop and pee waste. Dogs. Cats. Rabbits. Even fish. Lizards?

    • Because of the things they eat and the way they have evolved to retain moisture in their bodies, their solid waste is a nice neat little slightly moist pellet, and sometimes a little liquid, actually pee. The pee dries up within a few minutes in the heat of this arid environment, with the humidity less than 20%. The neat little pellet is dark and easy to see, and also dries out quickly. Using a tissue, I can easily pick up the little pellet and some of the substrate (sand etc) around it. So there is really no need to ever change out the whole amount of substrate. Also, because they are vegetarians, there is no smell to the solid waste. We do smell and inspect each poop, because the poop is a good indicator of overall health of the animal. Sometimes they have internal parasites, worms, but since she came from a trusted breeder and eats no insects, there is very little chance for her to ever have worms. The solid waste should smell like earth, no bad odor, and a bad odor would signify some problem like worms. So each little deposit is cleaned up, checked on and flushed, easy. What an interesting question! We Uromastyx keepers have a wonderful huge FB site with keepers from all over the world, where we discuss poop and even show pictures, so that new people know how to judge this health indicator; frequency, shape, consistency. So we discuss poop there but nobody else ever asks about poop, lol. There is a lot of science to be learned to keep one of these unusual lizards healthy and happy, and pet stores and even some vets know almost nothing, so that site is our place to learn and teach. The procedures for their waste and its disposal are entirely different from some other lizards like bearded dragons. Beardies eat bugs and the poop is, oh, it stinks and it’s a huge wet blob. Most beardie keepers keep no substrate in their enclosures, cos it would need to be changed out frequently. They usually use paper towels on the floors of their enclosures, and cleaning up is still a big deal compared to Uromastyx. Others that eat bugs are also messy poopers: tegus, monitors come to mind. Geyri is a neat pooper, lol, and easy to tend to with that. 😊

      • As a fan of knowledge I appreciate your very thorough & informative response!

      • You wanted to know about lizards in general, so I wrote you a book. I enjoy sharing info like this. I forgot to say, Geyri, my neat little pooper, stands up on tip toes on her back feet when she poops, and hikes that little tail up as high as it will go, as if to say: I’m not getting that stuff on my tail! 🙂

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