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Tuesday Tetrapod: Chlamydosaurus kingii

Posted by tigerhawkvok on January 21, 2011 23:50 in General , tuesday tetrapod

OK, so it's not tuesday. And I've been grossly negligent in blog upkeep. But I am posting mostly because *drum roll* I have a new pet! Enter "Feynman", a frilled dragon.

Feynman the Frilled Dragon, 1 Feynman the Frilled Dragon, 2

Feynman the Frilled Dragon

Chlamydosaurus kingii is an acrodontid agamid, a semi-arboreal lizard found in Australia. They are primarily insectivorous, though they will supplement it with other forms of protein. The frill, for which they are well known, is supported by cartilaginous spines connected to the jawbones, with bright flash colors. Additionally, Chlamydosaurus kingii is facultatively bipedal.

As far as care, Chlamydosaurus kingii cares for very similarly to a bearded dragon. You should aim for 27o C on the cool side of the cage, and 38o C on the hottest part of the basking area. Unlike a bearded dragon, the humidity should be kept somewhat high, spraying the cage occasionally. Moss and substrates like orchid bark or peat moss will help keep the humidity up.

Chlamydosaurus kingii is rated IUCN least concern as of 2009. I'm looking forward to a good long time with my new pet!