Steppe runners come from a hot and dry environment and are pretty new to the reptile market.
These lizards are hardy and decent sized animals and with proper care make good pets.
A 10 gallon is minimum size terrarium for 1 steppe runner, but if housing more id say add atleast 10 gallons per lizard. Be sure to use a screen top with the terrarium.
Steppe runners require a temperature gradient from inside the habitat.
Use 2 thermometers one on the warm side one on the cool side, and a hydrometer to monitor humidity levels.
The basking spot should be the warmest part of the habitat during the day.
Basking heat can be provided by a high wattage heat bulb placed above the habitat.
The heat bulb should be turned off at night.
Humidity in the terrarium should be anywhere from 30 to 40 percent
Day temperature on the cool side should be 85 to 90 degrees and on the warm side 95 to 100 degrees. At night this can drop to 65 to 75 degrees.
Uvb light should be on 10 to 12 hours a day. Uvb fluorescent bulbs can be bought at local pet stores.
Use a 2 to 3 inch layer of reptile bark eco earth is also a option so is reptile carpet. But these lizards like to burrow. I would not recommend sand because the lizard can ingest it and get impacted.
Clean out waste weekly and clean the whole cage once a month.
Include decor to elevate your lizard to the basking source.
Things like branches are a good choice.
Insects crickets, mealworms, and occasional waxworms are good.
This is pretty much all i know about them
Dust insects in calcium twice a week if keeping them indoors.
Steppe runners are diurnal meaning they are most active during the day.
Size 6 to 7 inches
Life Span 8 to 10 years with good care.