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Hello, new here and have an Ameiva question.

Discussion in 'General Reptile Discussion Forum' started by Darkebane, Dec 8, 2017.

  1. Darkebane

    Darkebane New Member

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    I have recently Recieved an amevia from someone local to me, who was looking to rehome.
    They were informed it was a "blue Ameiva".
    I cannot find any info on blue ameivas, so I was wondering if someone here could help me to identify which species of ameiva this is.

    Thank you in advance.

    Edit: Re-uploaded the pictures in a smaller size. Didnt realize they were so big.
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  2. Zyn

    Zyn Well-Known Member

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    Not going to lie I have no idea what an amevia is
  3. Walter1

    Walter1 Moderator Staff Member 1,000+ Post Club 5 Year Member

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    Oh, that’s easy. An Ameiva belongs to the same family as tegus. They even explore and poke with their noses.

    You have what used to be known as Ameiva ameiva ameiva, blue phase giant ameiva. A. a. petersi was the green-phase giant ameiva. Recently, it was elevated to its own species, Ameiva bara..... Right off, I forget the full name but it is well-established in S. Fl. Basically, keep as a 2.5 ft tegu. However, much of its food will be crickets, roaches, and such.
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  4. Darkebane

    Darkebane New Member

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    Thank you Very much.
    I have a custom enclosure built for her(i think?), 4x3x2, Ive added pictures to the gallery,
    I am in canada, So roaches are an issue for me.
    She also seems to prefer meal worms, but i could like to find something a little more substantial then those. Any Suggestions?
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  5. Walter1

    Walter1 Moderator Staff Member 1,000+ Post Club 5 Year Member

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    Mealworms aren’t the best. Heavily-dusted crickets are good. Once it knows you, frozen/thawed pinks will be taken from the end of forceps if you jiggle it. You might consider a big order of dubias if possible and feed with ithe food until they’re gone, etc.
  6. Darkebane

    Darkebane New Member

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    Roaches are illegal in canada. Cant get them in sadly.
    Ive been feeding mealies, Crickets, Trying supers, but she doesnt seem to even look at them.
    Also ive read they sometimes like fruit?
    What kind of fruit, and how should i prepare it?
    I am also doing research as i read your replies.
    Thank you again.
  7. Walter1

    Walter1 Moderator Staff Member 1,000+ Post Club 5 Year Member

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    You’re welcome.

    I didn’t know roaches were illeagel. That is too bad. So the goal is to find some nutritious invert. Perhaps light-attracted bugs and grasshoppers in fields that are clean in the summer? Earthworms? Some fruit that is sweet, like ripe strawberry, may be appreciated.
  8. Darkebane

    Darkebane New Member

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    We are just outside city limits, but there are no reason for pesticides in the local area.
    We get a lot of moths, in the summer, not many grasshoppers in this area of canada.
    Earthworms are no issue, i can get them from a local supplier, and then start a worm farm myself(Did it as a kid for fishing bait lol).
    What about wood lice?(isopods). im going to be adding some as a cleaup grew since the enclosure will be bioactive, but wondering if she will eat them.

    And yes it sucks that Roaches are illegal in canada, especially this province. Its never Very warm here so i cant see the dubias being able to breed.
  9. Walter1

    Walter1 Moderator Staff Member 1,000+ Post Club 5 Year Member

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    Not sure about wood lice. Either way, worth adding.
  10. Zyn

    Zyn Well-Known Member

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    That sucks I got 30 dubia last year fed off extra males and bam the colony is now around 200 and growing a simple plastic bin and a heat pad under the bin. It sits next to my tegus enclosure.
  11. Walter1

    Walter1 Moderator Staff Member 1,000+ Post Club 5 Year Member

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    I find thinning the herd benefits colony growth.
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  13. Darkebane

    Darkebane New Member

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    Walter1 Moderator Staff Member 1,000+ Post Club 5 Year Member

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    The species you have is Ameiva praesignis, the Borriguerro Ameiva!!!!!!
  16. Darkebane

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    You seem quite excited about that. I'm guessing it's a good thing?
    She seems pretty happy in her new home.

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    Walter1 Moderator Staff Member 1,000+ Post Club 5 Year Member

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    Neither good nor bad, just happy to know the answer. Excellent set-up, by the way.
  18. Darkebane

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    Thank you, i worked long and hard on this one to make sure she had everything she needed..
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    I have always wanted one of those guys!
    How do they handle, tame or not so much?
  20. Darkebane

    Darkebane New Member

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    They are a display animal.
    I would not suggest handling.
    That is why i made a display enclosure for mine.