Collared Lizards are named such because of a conspicuous black or black-and-white collar across the back of the neck.
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Collared Lizards are named such because of a conspicuous black or black-and-white collar across the back of the neck. They have broad heads, large mouths and narrow necks. They are 6 to 13 inches from snout to end of tail, which is flattened from side to side. They are tan to olive in color with pale yellow cross bands and small white spots.
Crotaphytus bicinctores is the desert collared lizard. It very similar to the eastern collard lizard in shape and size, but it lacks the bright extravagant colors. Males can be brown to orange and some red or pink on the belly. Females are more black or dark brown. Also desert collard lizards have elongated scales near the nails and their tail is more triangular in shape than round as with the eastern collard lizard.
Collared Lizards are usually found in rocky areas, sunning themselves on boulders. In the wild, Collared Lizards run swiftly on their hind legs, and when first introduced to captivity, are very nervous. Large, older males may never tame down or eat in captivity; however some do. Females, juveniles, and most males eventually tame down and become good captives if their needs are met.
Their needs include ultraviolet light, heat, a large cage, and a variety of food. Collards have their own individual appetites, some prefer pinkie mice, others enjoy smaller lizards, still other like insects best - grasshoppers, moths, jumbo mealworms, crickets, etc. Some Collared Lizards will readily eat greens, dandelions, and sliced carrots. Water should be offered at least twice a week.
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