Sailfin Lizard Care

The sailfin dragon or sailfin lizard originates from the Philippines. They are not common pets, but it is possible to keep one. If you want to keep a sailfin lizard as a pet there is a lot you will need to know about Sailfin lizard care including enclosure requirements and diet.

Introducing the Sailfin Lizard

The sailfin lizard is a bright colored lizard not to be confused with the sailfin dragon, which is a type of fish. The sailfin dragon can reach up to 7 feet long, but the lizard is not as large. Sailfin lizards are usually about 10 inches long and weigh about 2 lbs. Their bodies are mostly green with red markings on the body and tail. The sailfin lizard has a large flap of skin on its back that resembles a sail that is used for swimming in the water and gliding through the air. The sailfin lizard has two legs at each corner of the body which allows them to walk easily across land or use their long tail as a support while they are walking in water.

Sailfin Lizard Care – What do they eat?

Sailfin lizards are omnivorous and eat insects, fish, and vegetation. They like to hunt for their food, but will also eat if it is given to them. When feeding your pet sailfin lizard, Try insects such as crickets, cockroaches, superworms and Phoenix Worms in the morning, and dust insects with vitamin D3 and calcium.

Sailfin Lizard Tank and Enclosure Requirements

Sailfin lizards need a large tank with a water area and land area. The water should be about 1/3 of the tank size. They also need a basking area that is about 90 degrees Fahrenheit. It is best not to keep more than one sailfin lizard in an enclosure because they are territorial animals and will fight with each other over territory or food.

How long do they live in Captivity?

Sailfin lizards are hardy pets that can adapt to captivity. If kept in the right conditions they can live up to 8 years old in captivity. Sailfins are not bred in captivity and are only available through importation.

If you are interested in adopting a sailfin lizard, contact your local exotic animal shelter or zoo to see if they have any for adoption.

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