Armadillo girdled lizard

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Armadillo girdled lizard:


Scientific Name : Ouroborus Cataphractus
Family : Cordylidae
Length: Up to 10.5 cm
Weight : Up to 97.5 kg
Distribution: South Africa


Armadillo girdled lizard


Armadillo girdled lizard


  • Famously known as just the Armadillo Gridled Lizard , the Armadillo Spiny-tailed Lizard , the Golden Armadillo Lizard is a lizard species endemic to rock cracks and crevices in desert areas along the western coast of South Africa


  • These cool looking "lizards" sport light or dark brown coloration which earns them the name Golden Armadillo


  • Since they like to live in small rock outcrops and cervices in the desert they won't be easily found making them quite a rare sight


  • However if you do stumble upon one just like an Armadillo , they will curl up into a ball by taking its tail in its mouth with its thick squarish yet sharp scales protecting it if at any chance it may feel threatened or cornered


  • The Armadillo Gridled Lizard  is a diurnal ( opposite of nocturnal ) species and lives groups of p to even 50 individuals of all ages


  • Interestingly , females give birth to their young instead of laying eggs like many other lizard species


  • Observations have concluded that the mothers may even feed their young making this species of lizard one of the very  few of its species to give birth and take care of its young 
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