Yuman Fringe-toed Lizard (Uma rufopunctata) care and breeding at the Phoenix Zoo

  • Published source details Foster C.D., Tietgen M. & Baumer M. (2015) Yuman Fringe-toed Lizard (Uma rufopunctata) care and breeding at the Phoenix Zoo. Herpetological Review, 46, 46-49.


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Breed reptiles in captivity: Lizards

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Reptile Conservation
  1. Breed reptiles in captivity: Lizards

    A study in 2012–2014 at The Phoenix Zoo, USA (Foster et al. 2015) found that Yuman fringe-toed lizards Uma rufopunctata bred successfully in captivity. In 2013, five clutches of fertile eggs were produced by three female lizards, with an average clutch size of three eggs. Of 14 viable eggs, 13 were incubated and 10 hatched successfully. One egg was damaged during excavation and one clutch of four eggs produced only a single hatchling that died immediately after emergence. Incubation period ranged from 58 days at 31°C to 74 days at 27.5°C. Ten hatchlings survived for at least six months to a year. All females selected nest boxes with an 8:1 sand to water mixture for laying eggs rather than a 16:1 mixture. Four female and three male lizards were acquired in 2012 and maintained in glass tanks (91 x 46 x 43 cm) with a sand substrate and rocks. Temperatures ranged from 43°C under basking lamps to 28°C. Breeding enclosures contained two nest boxes, one containing an 8:1 and the other a 16:1 sand to water mixture.

    (Summarised by: William Morgan)

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