Geum reptans (Creepy Lizard) is a species of lizard found in South East Asia, including Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. They are not poisonous but they do have venomous bites if handled incorrectly. Geum reptiles are known to grow up to 2 feet long with the largest specimens reaching 3 feet in length. Their coloration varies from light brown to dark green or blackish grey.
What Is Geum Reptans?
The name “geum” comes from the word “giant”. Geums are very large lizards with a wide range of colors. They have large scales on their backs and sides, which give them a lizard like appearance. Some geums even sport two sets of legs, giving them the appearance of four legs!
Geums live in forests and grasslands in Southeast Asia. They prefer moist habitats such as lowland rainforests and open savannas. They spend most of their time hidden away under rocks or other debris. When threatened, they will raise their heads and make a rattling noise similar to a snake.
Their diet consists mainly of insects, spiders and small animals such as mice, rats and voles. They also eat fruit bats, birds and frogs.
How To Grow Creepers Or Creeps?
There are many different varieties of geums that you can grow in your garden or at home. They are a great addition to any garden due to their low maintenance needs and hardy nature. Most varieties of geums prefer a moist soil and love water. They can be grown in full sun or partial shade.
Some of the varieties you can grow include:
Watermelon Pink – this variety has green and white stripes and a pink underbelly. It prefers moist soil, but grows well in dry areas after acclimatization.
Spotted Watermelon – this variety is very similar to the Watermelon Pink and grows to a similar size. The major difference between the two is their color pattern. The Watermelon Pink has white and green stripes, while the Spotted Watermelon has more of a solid green color with white dots all over it.
Common Green Watermelon – this variety is green with brown spots all over it. It prefers dry soil and grows well in both dry and wet soil after acclimatization.
It is important to know that these varieties can grow up to 3 feet long and weigh up to 15 pounds! While they can live up to 15 years, most specimens die after 7 years. They eat a varied diet of fruit and insects. They are great climbers and can even climb glass!
Most geums are nocturnal and normally only come out at night. If you want to see one in the daytime, it is an indication that it is sick. If you ever see one during the day, make sure to inspect it carefully for injuries or disease.
Also, make sure to have a large enough tank for them to live in, as they need a lot of room to roam and stretch their legs. A 55-gallon tank will do for one geum, but bigger is always better!
These lizards have a variety of different colors, so make sure to pick the one that matches your taste!
Here is a video of a geum in action. If you get distracted by cute animals, you have been warned!
As you can see, geums are great pets and can be fun for the whole family!
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