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African plated lizard

By MSA 2005 Map showing rocky, open grasslands habitats in southern Africa


Taxonomy:

Class Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Cordylidae
Genus and species: Gerrhosaurus validus
When danger threatens, this lizard hides in the cracks. It crawls into a rocky crevice and fills its lungs with air, wedging itself in. A groove along each side of the body enables this heavily armored lizard to expand.


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