How to look after a miptor
Learning what a miptor needs (pictured above) is essential.
Originally, the miptor came from the Sahara desert, located in the southern regions of Morroco, in the north of Africa. The miptor is a unuique member of the lizard family (and a type of reptile). It can be identified by its blue, rough skin, with raised, pale spots. Owning this rare type of lizard is challenging, yet rewarding. Before buying a miptor, it must be understood that the costs of keeping such a pet may be high. To become a successful miptor owner, you must also learn how to care for it. This web page outlines how to look after a miptor .
Where a miptor lives
Like all lizards, a miptor will need to be housed carefully. In the wild, the miptor's habitat is the Morocan desert, which is hot, dry and vast. Therefore, the miptort must live in a vivarium (a spacious wooden tank, with a large glass window all the way around). This vivarium must be over 1m high and 2m wide. Inside the tank, the sand must be 50cm in depth, due to the fact that the miptor needs to dig and make a home underground. Furthermore, the sand must be dry and large grained, to prevent the tunnels from colapsing. The sand must never be wet. Instead, it must be kept a little damp. Using a water spray, will dampen the sand enough for the miptor to make a home. Moreover, the reptile needs a run it can go in whenever. This is because it must replicate what it does in the wild. A heat lamp must be located in the cage; the temperature must be constantly at 25 degrees centigrade.
What a miptor feeds on
It is vital that the miptor feeds on crickets (pictured above).
As with all pets, it is vitally important that the miptor receives good nutrients. To make sure the miptor has these, it must be fed precisely 25ml of hard grains, four times a day. In addition, it requires four live crickets and insects daily. This is since it needs to replicate what it lives on in the desert. Feeding the reptile live crickets will encourage it to hunt for food. It is vitally important that the water is always over 100ml and placed in a easy to reach shallow container. As a result, it can be a bowl about 3cm high, due to the fact that it must be able to drink or stand in it to cool down.
How to keep your miptor healthy
To keep a miptor healthy nails must be kept clean all the time. Furthermore, the reptiles nails must be cut with special animal clippers; this must be done twice a week. The miptor should be bathed once a week. However, it can accaisonally go two weeks without being washed. The lizard must be washed in soapy water, which must be rinsed off. Afterwards, thoroughly wipe down the scales, using a flanel or soft cloth. If a miptor is healthy, then it will sometimes be underground for over one hour; whereas when it's unhealthy, then it will not go underground. Consequently, a vet must be informed. Some illnesses that the miptor could pick up are reptile disease and scaley itues (an infection of the scales).
How to handle a miptor
There are many skills to learn in order to handle a miptor. For instance, you need to wear special, tough reptile-handling gloves. This is because, the miptor could rip through normal gloves. Moreover, a miptor may be aggressive if startled.However, this doesn't usually happen; it only happens if the miptor feels annoyed, shocked or cross. If the miptor is grabbed by the neck, then it will become aggitated. Consequently, it must be picked up by gently placing a hand under its chest and lifting it fairly quickly. A miptor should never be taken out and placed with another of the same sex: aggressive behaviour would definitely occur!
What to expect from a miptor
Looking out for prey
There are many things to expect from a miptor. One of the fasinating facts is that the miptor can hold its breath for a long length of time! Did you know that the miptor peers out of its burrow, just like a meerkat? This is due to the fact that it needs to look out for prey and watch out for predators.Once every week, the miptor must have a cut out portrait of a snake or an eagle in its vivarium. This is since it must replicate what it does in the wild.
Even though this superb pet is very expensive, the enjoyment of looking after it will make up for that fact. Do you have any questions or require any information? If you do, then visit an advisor at Pets at Home, visit www.petsforyou.com or call us on 07918905568. If you want this fabulous reptile, then come and visit the nearest Pets at Home to you. Thank you.