Platysaurus torquatus

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Platysaurus torquatus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Cordylidae
Genus: Platysaurus
Species: P. torquatus
Binomial name
Platysaurus torquatus
Peters, 1879[2]

Platysaurus torquatus, the striped flat lizard or collared flat lizard, is a species of lizard in the Cordylidae family found in southeast Africa.[1][2]


Platysaurus torquatus is the only lizard in its genus which has adult males with white stripes on its back. Males, females, and juveniles all have black-brown backs with these thick white stripes. Females and juveniles have a blue tail, while adult males have an orange tail, as well as a collar.[citation needed]


The diet includes beetles, ants, and caterpillars. They lay two eggs in December.[citation needed]

Habitat and distribution[edit]

Platysaurus torquatus live in savanna habitats of Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Malawi, often on flat outcrops near rivers.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Adolphs, K. (2010). "Platysaurus torquatus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Platysaurus torquatus at the Reptile Database. Accessed 22 October 2014.

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