Author: Petr Nečas
Climate Reference Locality Weather Forecast
Origin: Mountains of equatorial Africa (C & W Kenya, E Uganda); Climate reference locality: Leikipia, Kenya; Mt. Elgon, Uganda
Average total length: Males 7.6in (20cm), Females up to 7.3in (19cm)
Longevity in captivity: Up to 9 years, Average 5-6 years
Longevity in the wild: 2-3 years
Temperature at daytime: Low 65-77s F (18-25°C)
Temperature basking spot: Low 82s F (28°C)
Temperature at night: 32-60s F (0-15°C depend from altitude) max; ideally udner 60s F (15°C)
Humidity at daytime: Below 50%
Humidity at night: 100%, fog
Food: Insects and arthropods only, No vegetables, No fruits
Special notes: Can die from basking too long (more than 30min) and at high temperatures.
Nighttime temperature deep drop and fogging inevitable.
Usually high altitude species, temporarily exposed to high UVI while basking.
Simulation of wind necessary.
Pollen builds a shield against bacterial infections.
Tiny flying feeders preferred.
Size: The bigger, the better! Minimum 18x18x36in (45x45x90cm)
Cage Type: Full mesh or hybrid (combination of mesh and glass or panel)
Light: UVB source (inside or outside), Daylight source (Window or LED) (inside or outside)
Hydration: Fogger at night, hand misting morning and evening
Ventilation: Full mesh, small fans when using a hybrid cage and/or air is stagnant
Interior: Live plants (no fake), natural branches (no fake vines, no ropes, no bleached wood), no substrate or bioactive