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Species page for: Emerald Swift (Sceloporus Malachiticus)


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A brief snippet about Emerald Swift (Sceloporus Malachiticus)

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Captive Care
Care Sheet from Noah's Ark Pets - USA

This swift is an inhabitant of mountain forest and woodland habitats in Mexico and Panama. Most will become tame with regular handling. Can be docile friendly and easy to handle.

Care from Herp (RID)

Emerald swifts are a docile species of reptile that are more of a display creature than anything else. Though with careful handling some have been tamed, this is not a suggested idea.

Central - Fact sheet

The Emerald Swift is a lively, and fascinating lizard.
Other Common Names: Green Spiny Lizard, Mexican Emerald Swift
Generally docile, the Emerald Swift is a tough, wild little lizard. They generally are not as easy to handle as other lizards and are probably best kept as primarily display animals, though with gentle, consistent handling some individuals will calm down quite a bit. Surprisingly, the Emerald Swifts' life expectancy drops once they are in captivity.

Emerald Swift (Sceloporus Malachiticus) Emerald Swift Care Sheet and Information -

Emerald Swifts are an emerald green in appearance with a stocky body. Males will often have a bluish hue to the scales and will often have a bright blue underside. Females are slightly smaller and tend to have a bit more gray in their coloration, often with brown spots. Female emerald swifts rarely have the bluish underside that the males possess.


New England Herpetological Society (PDF 99 KB)

Natural Habitat:
This swift is an inhabitant of mountain forest and woodland habitats in Mexico to Panama. When captive, adults require a 10 gallon enclosure.

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Headwaters Science Centre

There are dozens of spiny-scaled iguanids that are called swifts or fence lizards, and they range from Canada to southern South America. One of the most commonly available species is the emerald swift of Mexico


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