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How to care for a horny toad , which is a horned lizzard

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How to care for a "horny toad", which is a horned lizzard
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Reptile
Expert:  Anna replied 8 years ago.
Hello,

If you want to keep a horned toad as a pet, and keep it alive and healthy, you'll need to buy some equipment. They are not a good species for beginning reptile keepers. The horned toad should have a minimum of a 40 gallon tank with sand in the bottom. There should be what is called a hot side and a cool side, though both are pretty hot by our standards. On the hot side, there should be a basking light, which is any fixture that can take an ordinary incandescent bulb. You can adjust the temperature by moving the fixture up or down. The temperature there should be in the high 90s. The cool side should be in the high 80s to low 90s. Use a thermometer to be sure. You also need to buy a UVB light. Without this, your horned toad will die a slow and painful death from Metabolic Bone Disease. A Reptiglo 10 is a good brand. The bulb must be replaced every six months. They're ineffective after that, even though they look fine. Once your horned toad is warm enough and has proper lighting, you can try feeding it. The natural food of this species is ants. Here is an online source:

http://wichitafallsreptilerescue.webs.com/harvesterants.htm

The following site has more information on proper care:

http://www.repticzone.com/caresheets/1339.html

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Anna