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Shingle Back Housing – (Tiliqua Rugosa)

(Last Updated On: 31/01/2017)


Shingle Back Housing

For keeping Shingle Back housing in captivity, an owner might need fish tanks or aquarium made from glass or plastic. These aquariums or tanks are easily available at different pet stores or they can be made on custom orders too, there are few dealers’ dealings in these kinds of tanks online.shingle housing 300x169 - Shingle Back Housing - (Tiliqua Rugosa)

Number of Shingle Backs and the capacity needed

If an owner is housing only one Shingle Back then he might need a fish tank which has a capacity of at least 10 gallons of water. Shingle Backs are broad and heavy and so they need a wider space to move around. Though they are pretty slow and lazy lizards, still a large capacity is needed for their growth.

If the owner is housing a pair of Shingle Backs then he needs aquarium which can hold 20 gallons of water. If there are more of these lizards then the aquarium with capacity holding of 40 gallons can be used.


Shingle Backs are found in Australia in grasslands, desserts or rocky area. They usually enjoy hot temperature and sunlight is necessary for their growth. In order to survive and breed in capacity, Shingle Back housing needs sunlight and light for at least 12 to 17 hours. In this case the owner has to install UVB tube light or basking light in the cage in order to keep the temperature in enclosure warm and provide light to the Shingle Backs.

Shingle Backs needs a place to hide and climb, it is recommended the owner keeps artificial plants, tree branches and enough space for the Shingle Back to hide. All the accessories must be arranged properly to avoid them falling down and hurting your pet lizard.

For flooring, the owner can use a mixture of pot soil and play sand along with reptile carpets which are easily available in different stores and also online for Shingle Back housing.

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