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    Hello All!

    As some interest to these cordylids among people is rather slight I decied to promote some of the species I can
    Here's the one most commonly kept one - Cordylus tropidosternum
    Common name: Tropical gurdled lizard, sometimes also wrongly named as Dwarf sungaiser.
    The species originated from long area in north of the East African region south to RSA. This is one very polymorphic and commonly destributed species in trade around the world.
    It is also maybe the most wet arboreal species, not as classical as most other Cordylus spp. which are mostly rupicolous.
    If You provide a good care and maintain a hibernation for around 1/5-2 months the female will bring 1 to 3 juvenils, of rather large size.
    Here're some photos for Your pleasure.
    Ask any questions You'd like to know about em!
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    hello Mikhail,
    nice pics of great animals you show here!

    I'm also a big cordylids fan but also a newbe with them.
    Here are some pics of some yougs mossambicus I got a few weeks ago:



    I have also an another species that I bought as c. rhodesianus:




    According to Branch's field guide descriptions I think they are rhodesianus (smooth head scales, lenght..), but the problem I have is that the tropidosternum pictured in the same book is like my animals, while the rhodesianus pictured do not look like mines (coloration)..
    Please let me know what do you think!

    cheers from France,
    David
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    another point, when I got my "rhodesianus", the dealer had also some tropidosternum that was different in shape and coloration (more cylindrical, bigger, reddish..) and in behavior (arboreal, where my animals are rupicolous and seem to prefer fresh temps)

    also the tropidosternum came from a tanzanian shipment, the rhodesianus were from a zimbabwe one (or mozambique can't remember)
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    Hello David!
    It is very nice You have these cordylus! and it is pleasure to find anyone who cares about these lizards. And I know also one man from France whom we have discussions about these lizards. His name is Geoffrey.
    These C. mossambicus are great! I wish one day I would got some also! (do You knew anyone sell it in Europe for reasonable price?)
    As for Your lizards.
    Your "C. rhodesianus" indeed not the real C. rhodezianus as You wise noted that they're rupicolous and not like C. tropidosternum, they have flattened body.
    As for the real ID of this cordylus I would suggest You that You can get a good pics of head top and bottom and lateral (nostril position is a must!) and lateral scales of the body and I will try to tell You the truth, but first You should find out what region they exactly come from the wild.
    Right now I think they would be something like my C. beraducci. I had two Cordylus from different places - one near kilimanjaro (females are fancy mottley patterned) and other from Massai (unicolorous) thought to be 2 separate species but after my research and consulting William Branch they appeared to be the same old C. beraducci. Look the pic.
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    Hello Mikail!
    here are the pics, thanks for your help:








    I'll send you a PM about mossambicus soon.

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    Hi David!

    Good pictures!
    I would definately tell You about poss. correct ID when I`ll find the time. Please post also the gular picture to see the scales.
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    Hi David!
    I was trying to key out Your Cordylus specimen and I badly need the gular scales picture!
    Please also, measure the actual size.
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    I use to keep these guys. Had a colony of 4, produced every winter.








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    Hi Kevin!

    Really nice Cordylus You have there.
    Looking like Cordylus beraducci to me if its east africans!
    What hibernation temp and period do You use for breeding em?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikhail F. Bagaturov View Post
    Hi Kevin!

    Really nice Cordylus You have there.
    Looking like Cordylus beraducci to me if its east africans!
    What hibernation temp and period do You use for breeding em?
    I just kept them in the herp room and they bred each winter. I have windows in the room so I imagine photo period worked on its own.

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