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Uromastyx Ornata

Uromastyx ornata is a species of lizard found only in the Middle East. The lizard is well adapted to areas with high temperatures, scanty rainfall and little vegetation. There are two recognized subspecies of this species.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Iguania
    Family Agamidae
    Subfamily Uromasticinae
    Genus Uromastyx
    Scientific Name Uromastyx ornata

    Other Names Ornate mastigure, Ornate spiny-tailed lizard
    Size Up to 40 cm
    Weight Up to 300 g
    Color Males are blue, green or red, with non-uniform reddish-brown, net-like pattern to yellow spots or cross-bands on the back and dark patterns on the belly; females are pale brown with dark brown to light yellow or red spots
    Distribution Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Yemen
    Habitat Rocky areas
    Diet Leaves, seeds and flowers of desert shrubs, sometimes feed on invertebrates also
    Breeding Season June
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 7 to 17 eggs
    Incubation Period Up to 2 months
    Reproductive Age 2 to 4 years of age
    Average Lifespan Up to 20 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on May 1st 2017 by under Lizards. Article was last reviewed on 14th June 2019.

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