Spiny-tailed lizard

Spiny-tailed lizards are mainly found in rocky outcrops and prefer semi desert habitats. Their coloration varies between a light beige to orange with a spot pattern across their back to aid in camouflage.

Fast Facts

  • Spiny-tailed lizards are primarily herbivores but eat insects on rare occasions.
  • Their stout tail is armed with numerous protective spines that discourage most predators.
  • Females will lay their eggs in a burrow underground where they stay cool and are protected.

Scientific name

Range  Northern Africa
Conservation status Near Threatened
Diet Omnivore
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