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Emerald Swift
Emerald swift
Physical description
Binomial nameSceloporus malachiticus
HabitatCloud forest
LifespanUnknown
Average SizeTo around 7 inches
DietInsectivorous
Scientific classification
SpeciesS. malachiticus
Distribution
Distribution of speciesSouthern Mexico and Central America

The Emerald Swift (also called the Green Spiny Lizard[1]) is a species of swift native to the cloud forests of Central America.

DescriptionEdit

The emerald swift is a small lizard, averaging at a length of about 7 to 8 inches. Their scales are strongly keeled. The animal's main color is green, with a blue-green head, sides, and tail. Males display brighter colors, a slightly larger size, and a wider head and tail base than females.

Distribution and HabitatEdit

Emerald swifts are restricted in distribution to the cloud forests of south Mexico and Central America.[2]

DietEdit

These swifts are insectivores, eating various insects. However, this behavior has only been noticed in a scant few captive individuals.[3] These reptiles also eat crickets, and various, small worms.

BehaviorEdit

Interestingly, wild individuals are almost always found on rocks and fallen trees.[4] This may be because these are just the favored perches of the lizards.

ReproductionEdit

Emerald swifts are ovoviviparous.

In captivityEdit

Interestingly, emerald swifts are extremely difficult to maintain in captivity. Most individuals live less than a year, if that.[5] Making the issue more confusing, some sources maintain that they are actually hardy in these settings.[6].

In general, these lizards seem to do best in cool enclosures with intense lighting and high humidity.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Barron's Educational Series, Inc. Terrarium Animals from A to Z Compass Guide. 2nd edition, in English (first edition written by Grafe und Unzer Verlag GmbH, first published in Germany under the name Der Brofe GU Kompass: Terrarientiere von A bis Z in 2004). Hauppage, NY: Barron's Educational Series, Inc., 2005
  2. Sceloporus malachiticus, Wikipedia.
  3. Bartlett, R. D., and Patricia Bartlett. Terrarium and Cage Construction and Care. Hauppage, NY: Barron's Educational Series, Inc., 1999.
  4. Bartlett, R. D., and Patricia Bartlett. Terrarium and Cage Construction and Care. Hauppage, NY: Barron's Educational Series, Inc., 1999.
  5. Bartlett, R. D., and Patricia Bartlett. Reptiles, Amphibians, and Invertebrates: An Identification and Care Guide. Hauppage, NY: Barron's Educational Series, Inc., 1997.
  6. LLLReptile and Supply Company, Inc.

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