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12 June 2010 @ 12:20 pm
New Uromastyx  
I recently purchased a uromastyx from a pet store.  They purchased the uro from someone else so I could not get some basic info like age, and even subspecies.  I think it is either a mali or a niger uro though.  Ok so here is my concern.  The uro is very docile acting, basically just lays around all day.  The pet store told me that this was the uro's behavior but everywhere I read tells me that they are an extremely active species.  I know that his diet was primarily crickets which is a no no, and he will be place on 95% greens when I get him home.  Are there any other things I can do to increase his level of activity and make him a healthy, happy pet?  Thanks for your time, Brian
Smoochyliquidmusezak on June 12th, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC)
Is he warm enough? Uros like it HOT.
bsfarr on June 12th, 2010 09:55 pm (UTC)
lazy uro
I think he is warm enough but not certain. He is still at the pet store since I ordered a large enclosre for him. He was housed in a 20 gallon aquarium and I wanted to go as big as I could fit a little larger than a 55. I probably should not have bought him but I wanted to give the guy a chance in life. The petstore could not provide his subspecies which is also making it hard to learn about his care. I do not even know if a photo will help since they seem to be so many color variantions even amongst the same species. Thanks again for the reply, Brian Ps. What would you reccomend for a substrate? I was going to go with calci sand that should be safe but have also read bird millet seed. Also have read to have atleast 3" worth of substrate so they can dig or very little to discourage digging.
Smoochyliquidmusezak on June 13th, 2010 07:24 pm (UTC)
Re: lazy uro
If he's currently in the pet store, then it's tough to tell the cause of his sluggishness. I'd wager it's his temperature, since most pet stores seem very lax with that kind of thing. You won't be able to tell whether the issue is environmental or whether it's a health issue until you get him home in your own habitat.

It's been a while since I've read up on Uros so I'm afraid I can't answer your other questions...
(Anonymous) on August 26th, 2010 08:57 pm (UTC)
Re: lazy uro
I would use care fresh... i saved a uro who was on millet and she died my vet told me from the looks of it from blockage... plus they eat millet in the wild so your new baby might eat that with its own poop and you wouldnt want that... try making a mix of split pea and crushed lintels with millet to put on top of your babys greens... and sand in my mind is always a no no... just spray the greens with calcuim (liquid) and if you use crickets then dust them with it as well... change its bulb every 3 to 6 months for it gets the nuts from it it needs... also it never hurts to take them out side... mine when they take there bath sit outside in their bucket and soak up some sun at the same time :)
zoogeekzoogeek on June 13th, 2010 07:45 pm (UTC)
Yep. The thing my mom always says about our Uros? Bake 'em.

We rescued one that was on the brink of death a couple of years back. We basically got her the following: some good food (collard greens, kale, squash, apple, green beans, etc), some protein (cracked peas, dried lentils, and millet), and lights (100 watt basking bulb, plus a florescent light). She's doing absolutely great, and we've had her about 5 years now.

Good luck!