Reptiles in the Uromastyx family are also known as spiny-tailed lizards for one obvious reason: they boast a thick, spiky tail that makes up about one third of their body. The name Uromastyx comes from Ancient Greek words: ourá meaning “tail” and mastigo meaning “whip” or “scourge”.
Other Animal Facts
North Africa, the Middle East, and Asia
Comes in a variety of colors and patterns including orange, cream, green, black, brown, and many combinations of these
Needs a basking spot of 120°F, and a cage temperature gradient of 80-100°F
These reptiles are docile and entertaining to watch. They seldom bite, but can whip their spiny tail if frightened.
Eats mixed greens, supplemented with fresh veggies, seeds, insects, and commercial diets.
Needs a large cage or custom enclosure (up to 6 feet for adults), with lots of substrate for digging.
Size & Lifespan
Adults are generally 10-18 inches in length. Can live 15-30 years.