Monday, January 27, 2014

Yellow Throated Plated Lizard

Yellow Throated Plated Lizard
The yellow-throated plated lizard or Plated Lizard is about 45½ cm  in length and lives in the grassland and scrub of Sudan, Ethiopia and along Eastern Africa down to South Africa.A ground-living and burrowing lizard, this species is usually greenish-grey or brownish with a yellow  throat and often a narrow stripe down each side. It is well armored, with hard body plates and head shields fused to the skull. The tail is generally about two-thirds of the total length. Its limbs are well developed though its four five-toed feet are not specially adapted for digging. These lizards mate during the summer. In mating season the males head change color to either red, yellow or even light blue.
It was first described in 1828 by Weigmann based on specimens at the Natural History Museum in Berlin that were collected in South Africa by Ludwig Krebs.


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