Helmeted Iguana and Casque-Headed Iguana
Corytophanes cristatus, Laemanctus sp.
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Males are differentiated from females by their larger helmet. When kept together by themselves, males may be quarrelsome.
Water should be provided in a bowl and by spray. Humidity can be maintained by gently heating the water bowl.
Temperature ranges from 80-90F (27-32C) [Wynne: 75-85F] provided by radiant heat. Night temperatures should not fall below 68F (20C).
Occasional ultraviolet light is acceptable.
Obst, Fritz J., et al. The Completely Illustrated Atlas of Reptiles and Amphibians. TFH Publications Inc., Ltd. Neptune NJ.
(Note: while these lizards are slender, they should not be emaciated as is the one in this photograph.)
This genus of the Iguanidae is found in Central America, ranging in the heavy tropical rainforests from southern Mexico to Honduras.
These very slender lizards may attain 28" (70 cm) in overall length, with their tail almost three x the snout-vent length. Very long skinny limbs and toes. They have a small backwards-pointing casque or small helmet on the head. They are green or brown with darker crossbands; sometimes with lighter longitudinal stripes.
These arboreal lizards rarely leave the trees. They need a large, lush, humid enclosure. Keep water in enclosure, though they do not often bathe. Consider intermittent misting system.
Daytime temps must be to 95 degrees in basking area, slightly cooler through out. Nighttime drops to high 70s-low 80s.
Insectivorous. Oviparous, laying 3-5 eggs.
Care otherwise as for Corytophanes.
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