Mali Uromastyx


Mali Uromastyx are very active, love digging, and also love heat. For hatchlings a 20-gallon tank would be fine. For juveniles a 30-gallon tank is good, and for adults a 50-gallon tank would be great. Also, bigger is always better when it comes to tank sizes.


There are a number of things that you can use for substrate such as sand, birdseed (no sunflower seeds), and newspaper. I use 1 bag of dirt for every 3 bags of sand. Or in a small hatchling cage 1 cup of dirt for every 3 cups of sand. Make sure you get sterilized dirt and sand. You can get this at the Home Depot. Uros love to dig so if you use sand or anything like it would be best if you had at least 3 inches of substrate.

Cage Furnishings

You can use rocks, wood, cork tunnels, and many more. WARNING if you use rocks make sure they are places on the bottom of the actual cage and not on top of the sand, because Mali Uromastyx love to dig and if they dig under a rock that is placed on top of the substrate they will most likely suffer sever injury or die. Uromastyx need hiding spots so you will need to put a couple of caves in your cage. They need these hiding places because if they are scared they need to be able to run to a place when they are scared.

Lighting and Heating

In order to maintain their health you will need a UVB light bulb for your Uromastyx. This is needed because UVB light bulbs contain vitamin D3. 

On the cool end of your enclosure temps should be at 80-90 degrees Fahrenheit. The basking spot should be on the warm end of the cage and it should be anywhere from 110-130 degrees Fahrenheit. For hatchlings keep the basking spot around 115 degrees Fahrenheit. Do not use hot rocks or anything like that they will burn your Mali Uromastyx.


Mali Uromastyx do not need a water bowl because they get all of their water from their food. If you have over 60 percent humidity in your Uromastyx cage it can be very dangerous. Uros love it hot and dry. If you want you can supply a very small water bowl in the enclosure but it is not necessary.


  • Cat’s Ear
  • Pansies flowers
  • Hollyhock Mallow
  • Hibiscus flowers
  • Hibiscus leaves
  • Alfalfa- (not dry hay)
  • Pok Choy
  • Clover leaves
  • Turnip greens
  • Mustard greens
  • Collard greens
  • Dandelion greens
  • Peas
  • Snow peas
  • Green beans
  • String beans
  • Corn
  • Carrots
  • Rose pedals
  • Nasturtium
  • Kale
  • Raddichio
  • Sweet potato
  • Zucchini
  • Squash

Dried Foods

  • Lentils
  • Dried Split Peas
  • Dried Yellow Peas
  • Finch Seeds- (for birds)
  • Springs of millet
  • Corn
  • Iguana Pellets- (only flowers, veggies, fruits)
  • Bird seeds- (No sunflower seeds or other big seeds)

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