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Curly-Tail Lizards

Last Updated: 11/13/13

General Care and Maintenance


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My Curly-tail Lizard

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Under Construction! Information here comes from Petco and the web sites listed below. Since Iggy died on 6/24/09, it is not likely that I will ever complete this web page.

General Care and Maintenance

General Information

Size and Behavior

Curly-tail lizards grow from 4 to 14 inches depending on the species. The jeweled or masked curly-tail lizard, Leiocephalus personatus, grows 4 to 7 inches long according to Petco but 10 inches according to Central Pets. When the curly-tail lizards are hunting, excited, or males showing off, they will twitch or curl their tails over their backs.


Curly-tail lizards may live 5 to 7 years or perhaps longer.


Curly-tail lizards should do well in a 20 gallon long tank when young and perhaps a 40 gallon breeder tank as adults.

Sexing and Breeding

I found no information aside from the fact that males will fight with eat other and curl their tails.

Lighting and Heat

Like most lizards, curly-tail lizards like to have heat sources. They should have an incandescent heat lamp for basking. They need a full spectrum fluorescent light for proper health. During the day, their tank should range from 70 to 95 degrees F (meaning there is one spot that is only 70 some degrees F and one in the 90's for basking).


Curly-tail izards are from Cuba, Haiti, and other tropical countries. They like a humidity of 60 to 80% but should also have dry areas in the enclosure.

Other Supplies

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Curly-tail lizards mostly consume small insects and worms such as crickets, mealworms, and waxworms. They may also eat some fruits and vegetables. I will report back later as to what Iggy likes to eat (so far just mealworms but I have only had him for two hours!).

As with all reptiles, dust their live foods a few times a week with a vitamin and calcium supplement.


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Newsgroups, Catalogs, and Web Sites


Get a free reptile catalog from That Pet Place by calling 1-888-THATPET.

Drs. Foster and Smith will send you a free reptile catalog if you call 1-800-443-1160. You can enter their web site from this link:
Drs. Foster & Smith - The Trusted Name  in Reptile Supplies

Additional Links:

Curly-tail lizard links:

Curly-tail lizard - look at that photo!

Leiocephalus personatus - same information as the last link

Jeweled Curly-Tail Lizard

General reptile links:

Herp Forums

Reptiles Magazine On- Line

HerpDigest - "A free weekly electronic newsletter on the latest news on reptile and amphibian science and conservation."

The Lizard Lounge - a site on lizards.

Worm Man - sells live crickets, mealworms, king mealworms, butterworms, etc.

My Curly-tail Lizard

My jeweled curly-tail lizard, Iggy, that I got on 12/26/08 has his own page:
Iggy's page

Iggy died on 6/24/09 of injuries from escaping and being bit by my cat, Tinkerbelle, on 6/21/09. I miss him so much!

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