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The Jungle Ameiva, is also known as the "Middle American Ameiva" and the "Central American Whip Tailed Lizard". This lizard should not be confused with the parthenogenic Whip Tail lizards in the genus Cnemidophorus.

Most Jungle Ameivas are known to become quite docile with regular handling, though males may show aggression and can become quite territorial. For this reason, it is often suggested that males not be housed together. In the wild this ameiva lives in brushlands or woodlands. Like most ameivas, the Jungle Ameiva is 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 40-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 and shelters. 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 Jungle Ameiva does quite well on a varied diet that may include waxworms, mealworms, earthworms, crickets, and pinky mice. Though they are carnivorous, they have been known to eat a piece of fruit occasionally.

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