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Need help setting up a Alligator lizard tank.

Need help setting up a Alligator lizard tank. I caught one in my backyard while my dog tryed killing it so i saved the little guy. Right now he is in a empty 30 gallon tank thats got some wood and a big rock. What kind of substrate should i use?
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Just let him go. They require UV lighting (which isn't cheap) with full heat lamp, high humidity, and the whole deal. Plus they bite.

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Oh ok. So i gess ill just let him go.
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Yep, always the best route with wildcaughts, unless you're very dedicated, because many have diseases/parasites.

They need a large tank also, and yes, lots of UV A&B.
On the other hand, if you decide to keep it, uv bulbs in a flourescent fixture(depending on size) can range from 20- 100's of $$$.
heat is cheaper, mostly, and they really don't need a high humidity.
there are probally a billion other sites with better info, as not too many people keep them on TPT.

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Yeah. I all ready let him go a long time ago. I let him go on the day I caught him.
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an Alligator lizard was my first pet when I was about 5. He lived for about a year and yes, they bite, but it didn't hurt since they don't really have teeth. He used to bite onto my finger and was hang there, but I don't remember it ever breaking the skin.
They would probably like a cool, dry environment though.
Do they actually require UV lighting? I just had mine in a plastic terrerium (12"x12" or so) with some dirt and sticks.

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Well I believe they can live for up to 10ish years, but like alot of your diurnal reptiles they require UV to synthesize vitamin D3

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