This species is ovoviviparous, meaning they will give birth to live young. As this species is more of a “display” animal rather than a species to handle, make the enclosure look as natural as possible; your Emerald Swifts will thrive! Help!! Place further retreats in the form of artificial caves and the use of cork bark. They are very active and will climb; they also retreat into burrows and under rocks if they become too warm or if they feel threatened. Primarily active at night, dawn, and early evening; Fast, agile, active; good at climbing and jumping; Females dominant and more aggressive than males; Difficult to litter train; Very clean, virtually odorless; Highly social; should be housed in pairs or small groups whenever possible Personally, we find the mercury bulbs are one of the best products for producing UVB, they also have a guaranteed life span with the manufacturer. Because most of these animals are acquired as adults, it is difficult to determine an average life span. As they grow and mature into adults feed every other day. Place branches of different heights and thicknesses within the enclosure with hanging plants wrapped around them. Emerald swifts are diurnal lizards and should have full-spectrum UV lighting for about 12 hours a day. *This care sheet contains only very basic information. ;uY�X�_��6{ҡ�� �t^m���0>��VO�H�i�H�.Bb�elaF�׶�6�=��'��. These are not lizards that should be tamed, rather they are beautiful creatures that should be admired through terrarium glass. You can also provide a small shallow dish of calcium in your enclosure, thus allowing the swifts access at all times. They are general an emerald green colour along the body with black speckled markings. They are also ovoviviparous (eggs develop inside them until they are ready to hatch). Allow a good drop at night to no lower than 21C (74F). The species was, for a time, considered to be a subspecies of the Mexican emerald spiny lizard, Sceloporus formosus, but more modern research has returned it to full species status, though some sources still refer to it as a subspecies. Use artificial ferns, this will give it that woodland feel, maybe place an anthurium bush or two in the enclosure to give some colour. Care should be taken to feed appropriate sized prey and not to leave prey in the enclosure for long periods of time. I have not bred this species before, does anyone have experience with them? Additional heat can be supplied if necessary by placing a heat pad or heat cable on the back wall of the enclosure. Swifts normally lay two or three eggs at two or three day intervals. Emerald swifts get their common name as a result of the magnificent bright green and blue coloration exhibited by mature males.