Sudan Plated Lizard
A large, stout plated lizard with a short head and large eyes. Length is 12-19 in. Lower eyelid is covered with small scales and there are rough scales on the head. Scales on the back have pronounced keels and the soles of the feet are covered with slightly keeled scales. The animals are yellow-brown on the upper surface; each scale is often dark-centered, creating a speckled to striped effect. The chin and throat are usually yellow or cream, and the underside is grey to light brown. Both sexes have 9-13 femoral pores.
GEOGRAPHICAL RANGE AND HABITAT:
Savanna and steppe areas of eastern and southeastern Africa, from Ethiopia to South Africa and to Togo in the west.
Omnivorous. Feeds on soft fruits and flowers, beetles, grasshoppers, caterpillars, and millipedes. Will take smaller lizards as well.
LIFE CYCLE/SOCIAL STRUCTURE:
Lives in burrows; it may dig these itself or use old termite nests. Sometimes will share its home with a dwarf mongoose or a snake. They also live in cracks in small rocky mounds. Lays 2-4 large, oval eggs in moist soil.
Plated lizards have a groove running laterally along the length of the body. This groove contains skin that is not covered with plated scales and allows for expansion. Will part with its tail to escape a predator.
Also known as the African Plated Lizard (Grzimek), Sudanese Plated Lizard (Vivarium), or Rough-scaled Plated Lizard (Branch's Field Guide).
The Sudan plated lizards can be found in the African Savanna.
STATUS IN WILD:
Not listed as endangered. Listed as a species of Least Concern by IUCN.