Rough Scaled Plated Lizard

Rough Scaled Plated Lizard. Leigh KempRough Scaled Plated Lizard Leigh Kemp

Vital Statistics

Name
Sudan Plated Lizard, Great Plated Lizard or Rough-scaled Plated Lizard [Gerrhosaurus major]
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Gerrhosauridae
Subspecies
2 races are recognized
Length_F
150 - 200 mm
Length_M
150 - 200 mm

Description

The Sudan Plated Lizard is a large, stout lizard, with a short head and large eyes. The back is straw- coloured to light brown. The chin and throat are light straw to cream, and the belly is smoky-grey to light brown. In the breeding season the males develop a pinkish throat.

Distribution

The Sudan Plated Lizard is found on the savannas of Africa, from Togo in the west and Ethiopia in the north to Maputaland in the south-east.

Breeding

Mating occurs in August and 2 - 6 large, oval; eggs are laid in October-November in moist soil beneath a log or in a rock crack. Incubation takes 70 - 81 days.

Diet

Regularly eats soft fruits and flowers, in addition to insects and millipedes.
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