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The Green Ameiva, also known as the "Dwarf Tegu", "Giant Ameiva," or "Jungle Runner" is a popular ameiva in the pet trade.

Green Ameivas may be more aggressive than some other ameives such as the Yellow Spotted Ameiva. The Green Ameiva has a reputation for being nippy and will bite if provoked. Males may be territorial, and for this reason, it is often suggested that males not be housed together. In the wild this ameiva lives in tropical rainforests, open forests, woodlands, and agricultural areas and is a terrestrial species. Like most ameivas, the Green Ameiva is a somewhat hyperactive and can be difficult to hold. Their tails may also come off when they are handled, so it is essential that care be taken when they are picked up. In captivity they can be housed in a 55-gallon aquarium, though juveniles may be housed in a smaller enclosure. Make sure to include plenty of logs, plants, and branches for climbing, as well as dark hiding spots. In addition, a thick substrate is recommended because ameivas like to dig and burrow. Water bowls are also a must, for soaking and drinking. In captivity the Green Ameiva does quite well on a varied diet that may include waxworms, mealworms, earthworms, crickets, and pinky mice. Though they are mostly carnivorous, they have been known to eat a piece of fruit occasionally.

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