Arkansas Is About to Be Repopulated With Collard Lizards
Here lizard lizard lizard! Thanks to the birth of 20 Eastern collared lizards at the Little Rock Zoo, Arkansas' population of lizards is about to get bigger.
The Little Rock Zoo along with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the University of Central Arkansas, and the University of Arkansas have plans to repopulate the collard lizards in the Ozark Mountains as part of a conservation project for the state. The new young lizards are to be released in glade habitats in the Ozark Mountain region for the future species to strive and thrive for years to come.
The collard lizard is known primarily for their pair of dark bands or collars around its neck. The collard lizard is typically found in the southern states of the United States. Collard Lizards are not venomous, but they can inflict a painful bite that usually breaks the skin if not handled carefully. Both juvenile and adult lizards have a high metabolism their basic food consists of crickets, grasshoppers, and roaches.
Unlike chameleons who can change their color collard lizards cannot although their color may change a bit during different parts of the season. The females when carrying eggs are known to change color to a certain degree for camouflage from predators. The life expectancy of a collard lizard is normally around 5-8 years.
Some people have collard lizards as pets but you have to keep in mind that they need a good clean environment in which to survive. A bio-active enclosure that's kept clean is great when keeping one as a pet. Until your pet gets adapted you most likely will have to feed your lizard with some tweezers to avoid getting bitten. Most lizards don't like to be held but after time and training your collard lizard may become tame and let you hold them however, remember they can climb and their claws are sharp and could puncture the skin. See how to care for a collard lizard here.
Collard Lizards are sometimes called a mini-T-rex because they can hop up and run on two legs.
Visit the Little Rock Zoo for more information and for more reptiles and animals.