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Dwarf Sungazer

Dwarf sungazer is a species of lizard found only in central, east, and southern Africa. The species is diurnal and arboreal. The insectivorous species is rock-dwelling.  

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Family Cordylidae
    Genus Cordylus
    Scientific Name Cordylus tropidosternum

    Other Names East African spiny-tailed lizard,  tropical girdled lizard
    Size 16 to 19 cm (6.3–7.5 in)
    Weight Around 18 g
    Color Brown upper surface with dark brown and cream spots or thin dark bands; a black stripe runs along each side of the neck extending from the ear to the shoulder; Lips, throat, and belly are cream
    Distribution Kenya, eastern Zimbabwe, central Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi
    Habitat Dry, semi-arid regions
    Diet Crickets, meal worms, phoenix worms, sometimes wax worms
    Mode of Reproduction Ovoviviparous (giving birth to young ones by means of eggs hatched inside the body of the parent)
    Average Lifespan 10 to 15 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Not Evaluated

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    Published on May 3rd 2017 by under Lizards. Article was last reviewed on 14th June 2019.

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