The Armadillo Lizard is a relatively common lizard in the pet trade. It can be found in pet stores and it is quite easy to breed in captivity.
Armadillo lizards make interesting pets because unlike most reptiles, they live in social groups and enjoy interacting with one another. It is highly recommended if you choose the armadillo lizard as your pet that you keep more than one together for the animals' sakes. If you decide to keep these lizards in groups of three or more, limit your population to only one male so they don't fight with each other. As much as armadillo lizards like each other's company, they don't particularly like being handled. Don't be surprised if your armadillo lizard goes into its characteristic protective ball shape when you try to touch it. Armadillo lizards aren't the best pet choice for people who want an affectionate reptile companion.
Armadillo lizards are generally hardy and suffer from few health problems if their habitat is adequate and well-maintained. Because they're an exotic lizard, it might be difficult to find a veterinarian that understands these animals and has experience working with them. Always make arrangements with a veterinarian who can care for your new pet before you adopt it. Armadillo lizards can live as long as 25 years, so are long-term commitment pets. This should also be considered when you're deciding if an armadillo lizard is the right animal companion for you.
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How is an armadillo lizard as a pet?
Jones armadillo lizards (Cordylus jonesii) are a relatively easy species to maintain, as long as you provide them with a suitable habitat, the proper environmental conditions and plenty of tiny crickets. In many respects, the care of Jones armadillo lizards is similar to the care of other armadillo lizard species. Because armadillo lizards are only available as wild-caught individuals, you should have your veterinarian examine your newly acquired pets.Given the fact that they are friendly pets, they have relatively become a popular trend as pets for kids and their families. They are easily available in local pet stores and this species is not a difficult one to breed in captivity as well. Though, wild population of armadillo girdled lizard is decreasing significantly because of their growing demand as pets.Hailing from relatively arid habitats, Jones armadillo lizards require a dry substrate, such as sand. However, it is a good practice to keep one area in the cage damp to help facilitate shedding. Jones armadillo lizards are partially arboreal, and spend much of their time hiding under tree bark, so be sure to include plenty of climbing opportunities in their cage. Additionally, like almost all pet reptiles, armadillo lizards require plenty of secure hiding places. Cork bark works well for both applications -- place it horizontally to offer hiding spaces and vertically to provide climbing structures.To care for a Jones armadillo lizard, keep them in a dry environment. Learn how to care for a Jones armadillo lizard with expert tips from a reptile specialist in this free video about pet care.
Expert: Tim Cole Bio: Tim Cole is the owner of Austin Reptile Service, and has been keeping reptiles for over four decades. Filmmaker: MAKE | MEDIA