Captive husbandry and breeding of the tree-runner lizard (Plica plica) at ZSL London Zoo

  • Published source details Harding L., Tapley B., Gill I., Kane D., Servini F., Januszczak I.S., Capon-Doyle J.S. & Michaels C.J. (2016) Captive husbandry and breeding of the tree-runner lizard (Plica plica) at ZSL London Zoo. The Herpetological Bulletin, 138, 1-5.


This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

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Breed reptiles in captivity: Lizards

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Reptile Conservation
  1. Breed reptiles in captivity: Lizards

    A replicated study in 2012–2015 at London Zoo, UK (Harding et al. 2016) reported that tree-runner lizards Plica plica bred successfully in captivity, and one of the captive-bred offspring also went on to bread successfully. One female lizard produced six clutches of eggs (2 clutches/year) over three years and a total of 18 eggs, 11 of which hatched successfully (61%). One of the female captive-bred offspring went on to breed, producing one clutch of two eggs (hatching data not provided). In 2012, one female and two male lizards were acquired and housed in a number of different enclosures, with temperatures ranging from 18–30°C and 33–38.6°C in basking areas. Eggs were removed and placed in plastic containers, partially buried in water-soaked vermiculite, and incubated at 26°C. Hatchlings were placed in a range of difference enclosure types (see paper for details).

    (Summarised by: William Morgan)

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