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More high strung and nervous than iguanas, and do not become as tame as igs even when worked with extensively. Frequent flee/flight behavior necessitating a very large enclosure. Injured snouts and fingers/toes common due to bashing into walls of their enclosure.
Hunted for food in their native countries, the added pressure of wild collection of adults and juveniles for the pet trade is quickly reducing the wild population. Currently no wildlife management of these species.
Although it would work as well, there is currently no farming program for the sailfins as there are for the green iguanas.
Males develop enlarged nasal knobs, but so do some females. Males have larger pre-anal and femoral pores.
Mature animals require viviariums 5' long or longer. Large plants, bark and cork substrate, and a large pan of water for swimming, soaking and defecation a must. Branches for climbing and basking. (cornstalk dracenea, cut-leaf philodendrons, pothos, clover, hibiscus, grape)
Sailfins are omnivores:
Feed plants as for iguanas, and add Zoophoba (super worms) and Tenebrio (mealworms) worms, crickets, pinks. Supplement vitamins and calcium regularly.
TIGR Reptile Database: Agamidae
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