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Plated lizard on a rock
Deserts

Great Plated Lizard

Broadleysaurus major

About

Great plated lizards are great at taking advantage of different habitats in central and eastern Africa. These sturdy lizards with their square, plated skin can be found in rocky areas, savannas and even farms. They eat almost anything, from fruits and flowers to insects and even other lizards! They are often found near termite mounds, which make a great place to make a nest each year. Females lay a few eggs in the mound or under rocks or logs. The eggs take about 3 months to hatch. These lizards sometimes live in small groups, but males can be a bit territorial. They can live 20 years or more in human care.

Size
Up to 2 feet long and about 10 ounces in weight
Live in
Central and eastern Africa
Food
Fruits, flowers, insects, lizards
IUCN Red List Status
Least Concern
Great plated lizard close-up

Conservation

Great plated lizards are common where they live and help control pests because they eat bugs. Reptiles are important parts of ecosystems close to home, too. Help protect their habitat and give them space to be wild.

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