Reptiles/mali uromastyx


Hi, my Mali uromastyx hasn't been eating at all for 5 days, I've been giving him the amount of everything he likes that the previous owner told me to give him but he wont eat any of it. He doesn't really come out of his cave unless you pet him but he'll still only back out half way, he also hasn't came out to bask either. Could the size of the tank have an affect on it, because I was only given a small tank and he's an adult

Thanks for helping

Before I can really effectively answer this, I need DETAILS. :)

How long have you had him?  
What has he been eating? (Describe the complete diet).
What are the exact temperatures in the enclosure (both cool side, and basking spot where the animal would be sitting - a digital thermometer with remote probe is needed for this).
Has he been handled during this time?
How is his weight? (A photo would help).
Exactly how big is his enclosure?  
What is his enclosure furnished with, and what kind of hides does it have?
What area of the house is it in, and has it been moved recently?

There are many possibilities, ranging from stress to illness, so details are important!


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Donna Fernstrom


My particular focus is on snakes and lizards, but I have a decent smattering of knowledge of turtles and crocodilians as well, plus the experience to get relevant information quickly if I don't have it on hand in my brain. I can answer questions on captive care, diet, breeding, incubation of eggs, starting hatchlings, and more. I am particularly experienced with ball pythons, Lygodactylus geckos and other small lizards with similar care requirements, leopard geckos, and garter snakes.


I am a professional breeder of ball python morphs, Lygodactylus (dwarf) geckos, and mourning geckos. I have begun working with Irian Jaya carpet pythons, and plan to expand to include more gecko species in the future. I also have a background breeding leopard geckos, and have kept several other species of small lizards, snakes, and a water turtle.

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I have many care sheets published on my own website.

High School Graduate. Extensively self-taught due to high interest in wildlife and reptile care.

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