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Care Sheet - Dwarf Sungazer (Cordlyus tropidosternum)

Dwarf Sungazer (Cordlyus tropidosternum)

Common names: Dwarf Sungazer, Girdled Lizard, East African Spiny-tailed
Size: 6" - 9"
Lifespan: 7-12 years
Distribution: Extends along the East African coast Kenya south to Central
Mozambique and West to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Their natural diet is winged termites, but it is little bit difficult to get termites in
captivity. Fortunately they also feed on moths and spiders. Instead you can feed
them with live crickets, locusts and other insects. Before feeding the lizards with
the insects they should be dusted with Calcium powder four times a week and
twice with a vitamin powder such as Nutrobal or similar. They also need UV light
such as Repti light 10 compact. You will need to have a little water bowl in their
terrarium so they can drink and take a bath when they are shedding their skin.
Feeding is not a problem. They eat all you give them, crickets, locusts, wax
worms, mealworms, spiders. Every other day or so offer some greens such as
Dandelion leaves or salad mixed leaves, not iceberg lettuce, spinach or any of
the cabbage family.
Add plenty of rocks bog wood for them to climb amongst and for hiding and
sleeping in.
Substrate I find the best substrate is playpen sand, Eco Earth, or Coir.
These are shy lizards and hate being picked up.
Temperature: Basking spot 33-35C and a cool side at around 20C is suitable
for them.

It can take a little patience to sex these lizards? Look at the shape of the body,
the females have nice curves more rounded and thinner just above the vent
before the tail. The male looks more robust in the body and broader between the
rear legs or vent area.
Breeding requires brumation/hibernation for 6-8 weeks at 10-15C. Before
brumation is started food should be slowly cut down until you have stopped
feeding. This will give them time to digest the food and then slow down their
metabolism if they are feed while they are about to brumate or while they are
food will rot inside them causing health problems or death. After the 6-8 weeks
brumation slowly increase the temperature and as they become more active start
feeding again. Put some breeding boxes in the vivarium and keep checking for
eggs. Incubate the eggs as you would for leopard geckos.
John Gamesby