This is a fun animal to have. Some people think they don’t climb, but they sure do. They live in rocky places with a few small trees. They climb high on the rocks for a vantage point, looking for predators. They lay on the hot rocks in the sun to raise their body temperatures. They hide in crevices in the rocks and inflate their bellies to wedge themselves in, or to look bigger and more fierce if they are threatened by something. They aren’t fierce; the only method of self defense they have is to run and hide.
I’m learning how to give him more enrichment in his house. Sticks to climb, and rocks piled safely to be stable make his house look more like where he comes from. Not many people breed them here, so he is likely wild caught, and can remember what his true desert home looked like.
Unlike my little Geyri uromastyx, they don’t hate or fear change in their environment. They like and need a challenge for life enrichment. So having various rocks and sticks to change around once a week or so makes him go looking around on an adventure. I am working on a 2nd floor to his house, over top of almost half of his current house. He can climb higher to up there and have another space.
I suspect this one is about half monkey, from some of the positions he puts himself in.
He is not a fussy eater; various foods are safe for him every day and other foods must be given maybe only 2x a week, due to the chemical make up of the foods. He likes all his food, but picks out the best parts first, like shreds of squash or pieces of red pepper.
Sometimes he does funny things, like here he seems to be calling for a meeting. He is currently shedding, so I think he wanted a meeting to discuss that process, lol.
Like all desert lizards, they shed their old skin in patches, and it takes a while.
I’ll post another blog after we get the “penthouse” room done for him to explore.