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Takydromus is a genus of lizards, commonly called grass lizards or oriental racers. Species of the genus Takydromus are endemic to a large part of Asia. 

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Takydromus is a genus of lizards, commonly called grass lizards or oriental racers. Species of the genus Takydromus are endemic to a large part of Asia. Members of this genus are noticeable because of their slender appearance and their agile movements. The word takydromus derives from Greek ταχυδρόμος (takhudromos), "fast-running",[1][2] from ταχύς (takhus), "swift"[3] + δρόμος (dromos), "course, race".[4]


Takydromus tachydromoides

Scientific classification :







Daudin, 1802

Description :


Members of the genus Takydromus are extremely slender in appearance. The tail is about 2 to 5 times as long as the snout-vent length. The basic colour is normally brown, often with lateral stripes and dark spots. The dorsal scales are keeled and large. These keels form continuous longitudinal rows. The toes contain lamellae. The collar may be reduced or completely absent.



Distribution and habitat :

The lizard genus Takydromus is found in Japan, in the Amur region of Russia, and throughout entire eastern Asia to Indonesia. These lizards are mainly terrestrial although some species can be found on trees. Some members of this genus are found both on rocks and in relatively damp forests. Other species inhabit open grasslands.


Reproduction :


Females of species of Takydromus lay 1–10 eggs per clutch and up to 6 clutches per year.


Species :


The genus Takydromus belongs to the lizard subfamily Lacertinae, tribe Lacertini, and contains the following species:[5]


  • Takydromus amurensis (W. Peters, 1881)

  • Takydromus dorsalis Stejneger, 1904

  • Takydromus formosanus (Boulenger, 1894)

  • Takydromus hani Chou, Truong & Pauwels, 2001

  • Takydromus haughtonianus (Jerdon, 1870)

  • Takydromus hsuehshanensis J. Lin & Cheng, 1981

  • Takydromus intermedius Stejneger, 1924

  • Takydromus khasiensis (Boulenger, 1917)

  • Takydromus kuehnei Van Denburgh, 1909

  • Takydromus luyeanus Lue & S. Lin, 2008

  • Takydromus madaensis Bobrov, 2013

  • Takydromus sauteri Van Denburgh, 1909

  • Takydromus septentrionalis (Günther, 1864)

  • Takydromus sexlineatus Daudin, 1802

  • Takydromus sikkimensis (Günther, 1888)

  • Takydromus smaragdinus (Boulenger, 1887)

  • Takydromus stejnegeri Van Denburgh, 1912

  • Takydromus sylvaticus (Pope, 1928)

  • Takydromus tachydromoides (Schlegel, 1838)

  • Takydromus toyamai Takeda & Ota, 1996

  • Takydromus viridipunctatus Lue & S. Lin, 2008

  • Takydromus wolteri (Fischer, 1885)

Nota bene: A binomial authority in parentheses indicates that the species was originally described in a genus other than Takydromus.

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Takydromus dorsalis group

General care articles :



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Takydromus sexlineatus
Long tailed grass lizards are also known as Asian grass lizards, and six-striped ong-tailed lizards. They are originally from the savanna regions of Southeast Asia.


These lizards make great pets because they are calm, easy to tame, and tolerate handling well.

This lizard is easily recognized by its exceptionally long tail, which is three times longer than its body. They are generally brown or beige and frequently has brown stripes of verying shades. Underneath is white to cream colored. It has small pointed scales beneath it chin that look like a beard. They can drop their tail when attacked and it will grow back. They can grow to between 8 - 12 inches and live up to 5 years, or more. They are diurnal, meaning they are active during the day.

The Long Tailed Grass Lizards tial is prehensile, like a monkey's, so it can wrap  around ojbects to help it move around. The are quic
k and agile and cover alot of ground while hunting in the wild.

If you are going to house one lizard, you will need a 20gal. aquarium, more if you are going to house more than one. You will need a secured screen lid. The tank, or vivarium should be taller than wider because these lizards love to climb. You should provide lots of branches for it to climb on. You can use cork bark placed on the sides also. You should also use plenty of plant and vines, either fake or real. Humidity is important, so you should select a substrate that retains moisture wihtout growing mold. Peat moss and bark chips work well for this.

The humidity should be maintained between 70 - 75 percent. Daily misting of the tank and a shallow bowl of water will help to keep this humidity up. Make sure you have a hygrometer to monitor the humidity.

Long Tailed Grass Lizards require a thermal gradiant to regulate their body temperature, that is they need a hot end of the tank, and a cooler end. The daytime ambient temperature should be between 75 - 85 degrees. There needs to be a basking spot that is 90 -95 degrees. The overall ambiant temperature should be between 75 - 85 degrees.Night time temperatures should stay between 65 - 70. If you need to provide heat at night you should use a ceramic heat emmiter. Their daytime lights should be on for 10 -12 hours a day and they also need UVB light. Flourescent tube uvb light are the best to use. Your lizard should be able to get within 12 inches of the uvb light. As with all captive reptiles, you should use a digital thermometer with a probe or a temperature gun to ensure proper temps.

The Long Tailed Grass Lizard should be fed a variety of insects such a crickets, fruit flies, mealworms, and earthworms, with the occasional wax worms for treats. You should gut load your insects and feed you juvenile 3 -6 insects once a day, and adults, 3- 6 insects every other day. You should dust your insects in a vitamin and mineral powder before feeding them to your lizard.


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Like the little ground skinks in our backyards and the bunchgrass lizards that dwell on the Sky Islands in Arizona, there are lizards of many species and families that live among grasses, but there is only one genus of true grass lizards, and that is Takydromus. The family to which the grass lizards belong, the Lacertidae, is an immense Old World grouping of lizards that are, roughly speaking, analogous to the New World teiids and gymnophthalmids.


The genus Takydromus was first described in 1802. Certain species now in this genus have been known variously by the generic names of Apeltonotus and Platyplacopus. Both of these latter names are still commonly used as subgeneric names, allowing systematists to categorize these lizards by closely allied groups within a single genus.


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