Plated lizards are large, they have armor like plates of fused scales that cover their body, and this gives them the look of a small dinosaur. The Sudan lizard also known as the Tawny or Great Plated lizard is one of the most popular kept as a pet. The body and broad tail, which makes up less than half the overall length, give this lizard a distinctly prehistoric appearance.
The Sudan plated lizards are docile and intelligent and make good pets. The Yellow throat plated lizard and the Giant Plated lizards are kept as pets. The Giant Plated lizard will grow to be around 20 to 28 inches long. The grayish brown is the most heavily plated of all the plated lizards. Its squat body and broad tail, which makes up less than half the overall length, give this lizard a distinctly prehistoric appearance. The Sudan plated lizards are docile and intelligent and make good pets.
They need a large terrarium that is at least 4×2x2 feed. Plated lizards like a deep, dry floor coving so they can burrow. A substrate of sterile potting soil mixed with some orchid bark will work very well. They will also need some caves and pieces of bark for hiding places. They like their home kept at 85 degrees and they will need a basking area with a temperature of 95 degrees. At night, their temperature can be kept at 77 to 85 degrees.
Plated lizards eat crickets and other insects. The larger lizards sometime will enjoy a pinkie mouse. It is very important that you thaw the pinkie mouse completely before you give it to your lizard. They also like fruit and vegetables. They will need clean fresh water everyday. They should have a large water bowl that they can get in and out of with no problem. They will need a UVB light. The light will need to be left on for 10 to 12 hours during the day.
Plated lizards are striking and attractive reptiles and they resemble a small dinosaur. Plated lizards are fun to watch and they make a great conversation pet.