If the snake looks at you and blinks, you know - this is not a snake, but a yellowtopuzik lizard. This amazing animal has no paws, and this misleads an unenlightened person.
Where can you meet this unusual reptile? The main habitats of the yellow-lizard lizard are Middle and South-West Asia, Eastern Europe, China, West Africa, and North America. These animals prefer to settle in different places. For some, steppe and semi-desert are suitable, others choose river valleys, and others choose mountains. In order to hide from predators and people, the yellow-lizard lizard independently digs minks or hides in those left by other animals, dives into reservoirs, crawls under bushes and tree roots. In our country, this reptile, which is scientifically called carapace, is often found in Anapa.
The body of this reptile is serpentine - elongated from the sides and turns into a long tail. It grows to 120-150 centimeters. If we consider its muzzle separately from the body, it is clearly visible that it is a lizard. Its head is large, with auditory holes visible on either side. Adults have a yellow, brown or copper color. They differ from young ones in a darker shade and lack of transverse zigzag stripes. Young lizards usually have 16-22 pieces. As a reminder of the limbs, the yellow-lizard lizard has bumps near the anus.
Man does not hurt
Strong jaws do an excellent job with catching and eating prey. However, for some reason, the yellowtopuzik cannot defend itself against human touch. Therefore, a person can safely take up this harmless creature and consider it closer. She won't bite. But can make it so that you yourself let her go to the will. This animal splashes its enemy with feces that have a strong odor. So the hand will open involuntarily. Some believe that the yellow lizard is poisonous. This is not true. It kills its prey in a completely different way.
For a start, let's figure out what serves as food for this reptile. It eats insects, invertebrate mollusks, small vertebrates. If you can get, do not hesitate and bird eggs. In starvation time, eats fruit. Interestingly, when meeting with the viper, yellowtopuzik will win. His body is covered with hard scales that prevent the snake from biting and injecting poison. And the jaws are so powerful that they allow the lizard to easily bite the viper in half. After that, the snake will be eaten. Eats a yellowfin, biting off its prey bit by bit, rather than swallowing it whole. Therefore, this process is long. In their relatives, the yellowfin can bite off its tail, which it will also eat.
Sad but helpful
As you know, these representatives of the fauna grow the tail again. Also occurs with yellowtopuzikom. He can throw off the tail, which then grows back.
So, how does the yellow-louse lizard cope, the photo of which you will find in this article, with small rodents? Very simple. She grabs, for example a mouse, pinches her jaws and starts spinning in place until the rodent loses consciousness. And then begins the meal. Pretty brutal way. But you can't argue with nature. Moreover, the yellow-wilderness benefits the agriculture by destroying snails, slugs and small rodents spoiling the harvest. For the same purpose, you can bring him to your personal plot.
Boy or girl
In the autumn, the yellow-wilderness hibernates. After waking up during the spring, the mating period begins. The genitals of the yellow-lizard lizard are not visible to the naked eye. Yes, and armed with a microscope, they do not discern. Therefore, it is impossible to distinguish the male from the female. In nature, they distinguish each other independently and they do not need human help. And in research laboratories, experts know how to do this by observing lizards and conducting research.
In nature, lizards live 30-35 years. Puberty begins as early as 4 years, when the reptile is about half a meter long. After fertilization, the female lays eggs. Usually no more than 6-10 pieces in one litter. Eggs are oval in shape and size 2-4 centimeters in transverse diameter. For 30-60 days the female guards her cubs and the nest hidden in the foliage. Heat is what is important for the development of small lizards. Best of all, if the ambient temperature is about +30 degrees. As a result, young cubs about 15 centimeters long are born. Yellowheaded can live in captivity. But they will multiply only if the owner guesses with the definition of sex and puts the female and the male in one terrarium. And it will be very difficult to guess.
But usually reptiles get not for reproduction, but to watch their life. Especially owners like the feeding process. After all, it is possible to feed yellowtopus with hand. But do not forget that the not tamed lizard will be afraid of you and doused with liquid odorous excrement. In order to get used to the pet, it will take some time.
Prepare a flat, horizontal terrarium, the bottom of which is covered with sand interspersed with coarse gravel. Take cover. After all, yellow pig in nature is hiding from the heat and rain. It is necessary to install a lamp to maintain the optimum temperature. In the terrarium should be a feeder and drinker. In captivity, lizards eat the same as in nature: insects, rodents, eggs and fruits. You can also give small pieces of meat or chicken. The main thing is to monitor the pet's health and not to give something from which it will feel bad.
Our nature is full of wonders. The legless yellow-lizard lizard, interesting facts about which you found in this article is one of them. We wish you to meet it in nature to see for yourself what an interesting creation it is.