Mexican Conehead Lizard

Mexican Conehead Lizard

(Laemanctus longipes)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lifespan: 15 years
Size: 22-28 inches

Care Level: Intermediate

 

THE BASICS

Laemanctus Longipes is a cool and unique reptile, one that with the proper setup can be a fun and active pet to keep. However we do not recommend them for novice keepers, as they’re enclosure requirements and needs can be a bit tricky to manage.

HOUSING

As an arboreal lizard with a fairly long build they require some thought when building an enclosure. Height is important, more so than floor space. As well as dense foliage, either real or fake to help it feel more comfortable. Airflow is also something to consider, a glass terrarium doesn’t allow for proper ventilation, even with a screen lid. We recommend a custom enclosure (IE: Dragonhaus) or a screen enclosure. We currently keep our is a Dragonhaus custom 4x2x2 with an arboreal build, but even this isn’t particularly ideal. We’d recommend an enclosure with a height of at least 48 inches. These high humidity loving herps need between 60%-80% so daily misting is required. For substrate we use a layer of coco fiber covered with a layer of cypress mulch. This mix allows us to maintain the proper humidity without holding too much moisture.

HEAT & LIGHTING

Arboreal by nature and living among the trees means access to strong lighting from the sun. To replicate this in captivity we recommend a UVA Blue daylight bulb for heat and basking, coupled with a high quality UVB bulb (like the Reptisun 5.0) As with most reptiles we’re trying to create a temperature gradient so they can thermoregulate. Temperatures need to be around 80 degrees on the cool side, with directly under the basking bulb reaching 90 degrees.

 

FOOD & WATER

Conehead Lizards are insectivores by nature and will readily consume a variety of bugs. We feed our Coneheads gut loaded crickets, dubia roaches, wax worms, and mealworms. An arboreal cup is recommended for feeding dubias and mealworms. 2 to 3 times a week dust the bugs with a high quality calcium/D3 supplement. Coneheads require relatively high levels of humidity, mist the enclosure daily, and supply a large water bowl for drinking and bathing. Conehead lizards sometimes don’t recognize a water source that isn’t moving, a small filter or airstone should move the water sufficiently.