African Plated Lizard
Scientific Name Gerrhosaurus major
Native To Southern and Eastern Africa
Habitat Rocky desert and semi-arid steppe regions
Diet Omnivores: crickets and other small insects and plant matter. Occasionally small vertebrates
Size and Age 45 to 70 cm. Can live to be 15 years in the wild, but as old as 25 years old under human care.
African Plated lizards are highly fortified animals with tough, naturally occurring amour that keeps them safe and invulnerable to most of their predators. Living in dry, rocky terrain, they spend their day foraging for food and basking in the heat. If they happen to spot a predator, they will run to the nearest grouping of rocks and wedge themselves into a crevice of some sort. Once lodged in place, the predator is unable to pry them from their hold, as their tough scales are hard to penetrate and grip the rough texture of the rock.