Eastern Casquehead Iguana
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|Eastern casquehead iguana|
Long and thin, it can reach 70 cm (27.5 in) in total length, two-thirds of which is a thin tail.
The scales on the forehead are much larger than those on the back of the head. No projecting triangular scales occur on the posterior border of the head. The gular scales are bicarinate or tricarinate.
Rather slow, it sits on trees and bushes above water courses, licking water drops on leaves, and catching insects that walk nearby. L. longipes lives individually, or in a territory with one male and one to three females. Usually, however, males and females only meet for mating, which can happen several times per year.
These lizards are sometimes bred in captivity, but they are not good terrarium companions for beginners, as they quickly and often dehydrate. Daily misting or a water-dropping system is essential. Temperatures should range between 25 and 35°C during day, and between 20 and 23 during night. Humidity should range between 70 and 90%. They are great cricket eaters and should receive at least four or five adult crickets every day. They also need UVA and UVB lighting and an additional vitamin and calcium feed once a week.
- The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.
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- McCoy, C.J. 1968. A review of the genus Laemanctus (Reptilia, Iguanidae). Copeia 1968 (4): 665-678.
- Wiegmann, A.F.A. 1834. Herpetologica Mexicana, seu Descriptio Amphibiorum Novae Hispaniae, quae Itineribus Comitis de Sack, Ferdinandi Deppe et Chr. Guil. Schiede in Museum Berolinense Pervenerunt. Pars Prima, Saurorum Species Amplectens. Adiecto Systematis Saurorum Prodromo, Additisque Multis in hunc Amphibiorum Ordinem Observationibus. C.G. Lüderitz. Berlin. vi + 54 pp. + Plates I.- X. (Laemanctus longipes, pp. 46-47 + Plate IV.)
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