1 2 3
"The Dawnwich Horror" (Email Removed) ha scritto nel messaggio
What are this mysterious swifts actually? A google research gave ... in tanks' makes me think it's something else. What? Anna

Try Sceloporus variabilis, or "pink-belly swift" including the quotes. But I didn't find very much even with google. This group has been a lot more helpful. It's a nice enough looking lizard, and cheap too, but not gorgeous.

I found it now, nice indeed Emotion: smile Thanks.
Anna
"LukeCampbell" (Email Removed) ha scritto nel messaggio
What are this mysterious swifts actually? A google research gave ... 'keeping themin tanks' makes me think it's something else. What?

Genus Sceloporous. Also known as fence lizards and blue-belly lizards.

Searching under 'blue-belly lizard" I found a beautiful swift (know I know) with a beautiful belly (Sceloporus occidentalis). I like the idea of blue lizards Emotion: smile
Anna
Please don't take this as a thrashing, but I fear you have taken the wrong approach. Setting up a terrarium and trying to match a reptile or amphibian as a second thought is not a good start on animal husbandry, and is the opposite of what should be done. Select the animal that you wish to keep first, then match the needs of that animal.
The genus Sceloporus is a group of relatively small (although some exceed 1 ft in length) North and Central American iguanids, typically found in drier habitats. The southernmost range appears to be Panama, whereas the northernmost range includes the Pacific northwest on the west coast and upper New York on the east coast. Several species occur in humid areas, but the rosebelly lizard (a.k.a. pink belly swift) is not one of them. The species probably would not thrive in your terrarium.
in

Genus Sceloporous. Also known as fence lizards and blue-belly lizards.

Searching under 'blue-belly lizard" I found a beautiful swift (know Iknow) with a beautiful belly (Sceloporus occidentalis). I like the idea of blue lizards Emotion: smile Anna

Anna, check out sceloporus cyanogenys Blue crevice spiny swift http://www.bawaaherps.com/blue spiny lizard.htm
absolutely gorgeous, and the largest of swifts. Also native to texas where I live, I was fortunate enough to collect a pair earlier this year. The animals on the link are actually dull compared to the ones I have seen here !
They are difficult to collect, they live in deep cracks in rock cliff faces, and dart into these cracks when startled. They then blow themselves up with air to wedge in, and their scales point backwards making it even more difficult to remove them. Definitely worth the effort though ! Here is a particularly nice one
http://www.bawaaherps.com/images/other projects photos/blue spiny2.jpg enjoy !
-Ryan
Please don't take this as a thrashing, but I fear you have taken the wrong approach. Setting up a terrarium ... rosebelly lizard (a.k.a. pink belly swift) is not one of them. The species probably would not thrive in your terrarium.

Good point ! I'm glad you have some info on rose-belly swifts, I couldnt find any reliable info for Dawn. With that in mind, it seems that the emerald swift does require high humidity, so may be the best choice for this terrarium. I think you can do it backwards, as long as the animal you choose will have all the requirements met. Now, if you designed a high humidty planted tank, and then put a chuckwalla in, you would be asking for trouble. But if Dawn can find a pair or trio of Emerald swifts or other humidity loving species, I think it will be alright to do this way.

-Ryan
Biiiuutiful!!! The ones on the first link remind me collared lizards. The second link shows definitely a beautiful animal. Some time ago I've heard about a bue lizard living on Capri, but the only pic I found was in black and white, the others didn't show very blue animals. Another very beautiful one is this:
http://www.pbase.com/image/18120762
But I couldn't figure out which species it is. Do you?

Anna
Another very beautiful one is this: http://www.pbase.com/image/18120762 But I couldn't figure out which species it is. Do you?

It's an agamid, and one of the species that at one time was in the genus Agama itself. I notice that the webpage says this was found in Jordan... so, from reptile-database.org, it would have to be one of the following:
REPTILIA:Pseudotrapelus sinaitus
REPTILIA:Trapelus blanfordi
REPTILIA:Trapelus mutabilis
REPTILIA:Trapelus pallidus
REPTILIA:Trapelus persicus
REPTILIA:Trapelus ruderatus
Which one, I don't really have the faintest idea...

Patrick Alexander
Another very beautiful one is this: http://www.pbase.com/image/18120762 But I couldn't figure out which species it is. Do you?

It's an agamid, and one of the species that at one time was in the genus Agama itself. I notice ... blanfordi REPTILIA:Trapelus mutabilis REPTILIA:Trapelus pallidus REPTILIA:Trapelus persicus REPTILIA:Trapelus ruderatus Which one, I don't really have the faintest idea... Patrick Alexander

WOW! Beautiful agama. Always have had a soft place in my heart for agamas and agamids in general.
I have a pair of trapelus mutabilis (supposedly mutabilis, most of the desert agamas are nearly impossible to tell apart just by looking ). Normally the male is a small, dull colored critter. In breeding season his entire neck and belly turns so blue that it looks like he walked through a puddle of dark blue ink.
This lizard (if the literature is correct) is almost certainly a male yemeni blue agama. The tympanum, head shape, coloration, pattern and scaling make this a Laudakia adramitana (yemen blue agama). In my book it is listed as only occuring in Yemen, so that is a bit confusing. Perhaps they took a side-trip from Jordan, or the range of this animal is extended ? I dont even know how far Jordan is from Yemen.
Guess it doesn't matter so much what species it is , only that it is beautiful, and I'll probably never see one Emotion: sad
-Ryan
Please don't take this as a thrashing, but I fear you have taken the wrong approach. Setting up a terrarium ... what should be done. Select the animal that you wish to keep first, then match the needs of that animal.[/nq]No thrashing at all, that's good advice. I've been kicking myself for backing myself into a corner like this I was originally a lot more interested in the plants and thought of the animal as window dressing, but luckily I realized what a big mistake that was before I got too far with it. I wanted to do this gorgeous piece of art, and then some lucky jungle critter would love to live here, but all the animals I had in mind at first are either arboreal, or burrow in the ground, and it's SO obvious that I've gone at this all backwards.

But I think if I do my research and make a good choice and follow through taking care of the animals that it'll be OK in the end. But when I think that I could have set this up as a desert tank and stuck a nice friendly beardie in it and have done with it already I get very frustrated.

Dawn Albright
http://www.dawnwich.com
Show more