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Chuckwalla, Western

Chuckwalla are commonly used as ambassador animals in zoos. They are a hardy, generally docile and food-motivated lizard. As juveniles they may exhibit more active behavior during handling, but calm quickly with consistent handling. With their high food motivation as well as alert and curious demeanor, they are a great candidate for training and have been taught to station and target. Their unique physiological adaptations for their environment give an excellent educational topic in addition to some implications for their care. A desert species, they need low humidity and high heat/UV access in their habitat. Overall a versatile, excellent species for consideration as an animal ambassador.

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Patagonian Cavy

As with any species, variation in individual temperament must be taken into account when selecting ambassador animals. However, when desensitized to humans at an early age, these large, charismatic rodents can be excellent program animals. They have many interesting adaptations and teaching facts that can be tied to conservation messaging; and they are generally food motivated, which allows for positive, choice-based presentations.

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Blue Spiny Lizard

Sceloporus cyanogenys Order: Squamata Husbandry Information Housing Requirements 30-50 gallon sized enclosure, at least. In daytime, need a basking spot of 100-108°F or more (daytime only), with general hot side temps between 88°F, and a cooler side around 80°F. Nighttime temp around 70-80 degrees. Use a temperature gun to check for variation. Provide a pile of rocks under the basking spot,

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Uromastyx

Uromastyx spp. Order: Squamata Husbandry Information Housing Requirements In daytime, need a basking spot of 120°F  or more, with general hot side temps between 100-110°F, and a cooler side around 80°F. Nighttime temp around 70 degrees. Use a temperature gun to check for variation. Provide a pile of rocks under the basking spot, preferably also with a cave, to act as

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Bearded Dragon

Pogona vitticeps Order: Squamata Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Preferred body temperature is about 88 degrees Fahrenheit. This species can be successfully housed in large glass aquariums (40 gal minimum), neodesha type enclosures or Vision Cages. This species likes to climb so provide multiple opportunities and a hide box is required. Supplementary heat and UV lighting must be provided. ReptiSun 5.0 is

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