African Plated Lizard
Scientific NameGerrhosaurus major
Native To Southern and eastern Africa
Habitat Rocky desert and semi-arid steppe
Diet Omnivore: crickets, grasshoppers, millipedes, caterpillars, soft fruits, flowers and smaller lizards
Size and Age 45 to 70 cm (18-28 in) long; lifespan up to 15 years in the wild (25 years under human care)
African Plated lizards, also known as Sudan plated lizards, are highly fortified animals with tough, naturally occurring amour that keeps them safe from most predators. Living in dry, rocky terrain, they spend their day foraging for food and basking in the sun. 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 while reaching into roughly textured rocks.