Blue iguana (Petrosaurus thalassinus)
Petrosaurus thalassinus keeping & breeding at BION Terrarium Center
The colorful medium size Blue iguana (Petrosaurus thalassinus) in habits rocky slopes across Californian Bay up to 2000m above sea level. Their distribution area includes ocean cost around Mexican board + neighboring islands and is pretty small.
Despite high demand of this species on reptile’s market the supply is always limited.
We keep Petrosaurus thalassinus in BION Terrarium Center since 2006.
For October 2014 ourfoundstock consists of:
- One adult pair (1:1)
- Four young pairs c.b. 2013 (4:4) – should be ready for breeding in 2015
- 17 unsex babies from Dutch breeder unrelated line
The details of keeping
Terrarium: For adult pair (1:1) we use horizontal type terrarium 100x60x50 cm. Babies and young lizards are kept in terrariums 60x40x40 cm. Pls see the pictures.
Substrate: sand mixed with clay.
Decoration: Rocks, bark, cork for climbing, artificial rocks from gypsum.
Lighting : Full spectrum lamp; 14 hours at summer, 8 hours at winter.
Heating: 100 watt lamp for adults and 60 watt lamp for juveniles , 14 hours at summer (depends on the temperature in the terrarium), 8 hours at winter.
UV: Full spectrum Zoo Med lamp “Reptisun UV.10”; 14 hours at summer, 8 hours at winter.
Temperature: Day t - 26-28°C (basking place – up to 45°C), night - 20-22°C.
Humidity: During breeding season (February – June) - 70% is achieved by intensively spraying of enclosure with decoration 2 times per day. Starting July - 50-60 %.
Diet: For adults: crickets, roaches, zophobas, mealworms. We provide “live food” 3 times per week by 3-4 insects per head. Also salad is provided 3 times per week. Summer: dandelion, nettle, clover, plantain, leaves of cultivated grapes. Winter: chinese cabbage, different kinds of green salads, parsley, celery, carrot.
Mineral supplements:Each feeding we sprinkle insects with calcium (especially it’s important for babies and pregnant females). We use Reptical.
Vitamins we provide 1 time per week for all animals:
Repashi for babies and adults – 1 time per week.
Mineral all – 1 time per week.
Young lizards can bite each other if they kept all together. In this case you need to treat the bitten place with hydrogen peroxide, and then apply veterinary ointment Mastijet® Forte to the wound. Use the ointment every other day until a crust on the wound. THE LAST BUT NOT LEAST – immediately separate them to avoid further problems.