There are approximately 13 species in the genus Uromastyx

are found from northwestern India throughout southwestern Asia and the Arabian Peninsula to the Sahara of Africa

Members of this genus are referred to as dab lizards or spiny tailed lizards

The presence of large femoral pores with waxy protuberance and hemipene bulges can often distinguish males, however this is not obvious on all species. Males tend to have broader heads but this is often subtle or misleading.

Most lizards are territorial, which means that the male and sometimes the female will defend an area from members of the same species or even other species.

The cage should have a daytime hot basking spot where the temperature exceeds 120 F, however the lizard must be able to retreat to areas in the low 90’s. Incandescent spotlights can provide hot basking spots. The wattage selected depends upon the size of the cage

Night time temperatures should be less that the daytime highs. Temperatures should be allowed to drop into the mid 60’s F.

Ultraviolet light is believed to be important for most lizards. Unfiltered sunlight (i.e. not through glass) is the best sources of ultraviolet light and lizards should always be exposed to sun whenever possible

The new ZOOMED full spectrum bulb appears to have the highest UVA and UVB of any of the full spectrum bulbs on the market, therefore it is recommended.

Many species obtain moisture from the food they consume.

The following vegetables should be offered; kale, collard greens, mustard greens, sweet potatoes, carrots, peas, corn, and green peas. In addition, dandelion greens, alfalfa, grass, and flowers can be added to the diet. Beans such as split peas, lentils, navy beans, and other should also be provided

A reptile vitamin containing calcium should be sprinkled on the salad

Some of the smaller Uromastyx may reach sexual maturity in two or three years.