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Plated Lizard

Plated lizards are a type of omnivorous lizards found in Africa. They are diurnal and docile. The species has become very popular as pets.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Lacertilia
    Family Gerrhosauridae
    Genus Gerrhosaurus
    Scientific Name Gerrhosaurus major


    Other Names Western Plated Lizard, Great Plated Lizard, Rough-scaled Plated Lizard
    Length 45–70 cm
    Color Base color is various shades of brown with creamy white bellies and throats
    Distribution Eastern and Southeastern Africa
    Habitat Rocky desert, semi-arid steppes, savannas
    Diet Vegetable matter, insects, sometimes feed on small vertebrates such as other lizards, rodents
    Hibernation Fact Hibernates during winter months
    Predators Large snakes, monitor lizards, desert birds of prey
    Breeding Season At the end of the cold season
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 2 to 6 eggs
    Incubation Period 3 to 4 months
    Average Lifespan 10 to 15 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Not Evaluated

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    Published on October 24th 2016 by under Lizards. Article was last reviewed on 7th June 2019.

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