Gerrhosauridae

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Gerrhosauridae
Amneville Gerrhosaurus major 27 08 2010 1.jpg
Gerrhosaurus major
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Scincomorpha
Infraorder: Cordyloidea
Family: Gerrhosauridae
Fitzinger, 1843

The Gerrhosauridae are a family of lizards native to Africa and Madagascar.[1]

Habitat[edit]

Also known as plated lizards, species in the family Gerrhosauridae live in a range of habitats, from rocky crevices to sand dunes.[1]

Description[edit]

Their form is variable, some species having four fully developed limbs, and others having vestigial hind limbs only.[1]

Reproduction[edit]

Most species are believed to be oviparous.[1]

Classification[edit]

Family Gerrhosauridae

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Bauer AM. (1998). Cogger HG, Zweifel RG, ed. Encyclopedia of Reptiles and Amphibians. San Diego: Academic Press. pp. 161–162. ISBN 0-12-178560-2. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Boulenger GA. 1887. Catalogue of the Lizards in the British Museum (Natural History). Second Edition. Volume III. Lacertidæ, Gerrhosauridæ ... London: Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). (Taylor and Francis, printers). xii + 575 pp. + Plates I-XXVII. (Family "Gerrhosauridæ", pp. 119-120).
  • Branch, Bill. 2004. Field Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of Southern Africa. Sanibel Island, Florida: Ralph Curtis Books. 399 pp. ISBN 0-88359-042-5. (Family Gerrhosauridae, pp. 176-177).
  • Fitzinger L. 1843. Systema Reptilium, Fasciculus Primus, Amblyglossae. Vienna: Braumüller & Seidel. 106 pp. + indices. ("Gerrhosauri", new family, p. 21). (in Latin).

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