Sudan plated lizard

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Sudan plated lizard
Gerrhosaurus major.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Gerrhosauridae
Genus: Gerrhosaurus
Species: G. major
Binomial name
Gerrhosaurus major

Sudan plated lizard (Gerrhosaurus major), also known as the Western plated lizard, great plated lizard or rough-scaled plated Lizard is a lizard of the Gerrhosauridae family.


The Sudan plated lizard is a fairly large lizard, adult size is 45–70 cm, where of the tail is less than half the length. They are somewhat squat with moderately broad tails.

Being the most heavily plated of the Gerrhosaururidae, the species is easily recognised on the armour. The body and tail is covered in transverse bands of more or less square plate like scales, and head shields are fused to the skull. The armour makes the animals look a bit like the uncommon perception of Mesozoic reptiles.

Coloration is grayish brown, males being larger than females with bright-coloured throat.


The Sudan Plated lizard is a diurnal reptile. This means they are active mostly during the day and sleep at night. Their natural habitat is rocky desert . When threatened, they will run for cover and wedge themselves in rocky crevices. With their heavy armour, this makes them almost invulnerable to predators.

The Sudan Plated lizards are omnivores, living from a wide range of vegetable matter, insects and on occasion small vertebrates like other lizards and rodents.

As pets[edit]

Plated lizards are usually docile and they tame quickly with regular handling. Being omnivores they enjoy eating live crickets and other insects and small amounts of chopped fruits and vegetables such as kale, carrots, mango and strawberries. Citrus fruit (e.g. orange) and other acidic fruits should be avoided as this can cause stomach ulcers and digestion problems. Some also treat their plated lizards with the occasional small pinkie mouse, depending on the size of the individual.

These lizards grow to a length of 18"-28". They require at least a 50-gallon or larger terrarium and must have appropriate bedding and supplies. Their habitat must have a daytime temperature of 70-85 °F with a localized basking spot with temperatures ranging from 95-100 °F. The night-time temperature must be maintained at 60-75 °F. They should also be provided with a high output (10%) UV lamp.


Species Gerrhosaurus major

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