Ornate Sandveld Lizard

Ornate Sandveld Lizard


Vital Statistics

Name
Ornate Sandveld Lizard [Nucras taeniolata ornata]
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Lacertidae
Length_F
70 - 85 mm
Length_M
70 - 85 mm

Description

The Ornate Sandveld Lizard is a large sandveld lizard with a blotched pattern in adults. Juveniles are blackish-brown on the back with 3 white longitudinal stripes. Adults are brown dorsally with irregular black blotches. Two thin stripes run along the back.

Distribution

From the Lebombo Mountains, Northern Zululand, through Swaziland, Mpumalanga, Northern Gauteng, and Zimbabwe to Southern Zambia, Malawi and Rondo Plateau in South Eastern Tanzania.

Breeding

From 5 - 7 eggs are laid in midsummer.

Diet

Large insects, including centipedes and grasshoppers.



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