People Can’t Get Enough Of The Armadillo Lizard As It Looks Like A Tiny Dragon

People Can’t Get Enough Of The Armadillo Lizard As It Looks Like A Tiny Dragon

If you are curious to gather information about distinct animal species then you would love to know about the Armadillo Lizard which looks like a Tiny Dragon. Armadillo Lizard is a heavily-armored reptile endemic to desert areas along the western coast of South Africa. More than adorable, their appearance is quite terrifying as they have sharp armor along their bodies. They look like medieval fairytale dragons. 

People Can’t Get Enough Of The Armadillo Lizard As It Looks Like A Tiny Dragon

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The Armadillo Lizards have a variety of coloring in brown such as various shades of brown from light brown to dark brown. Their underbellies are yellow with some blackish pattern, especially under the chin. Their size (snout-vent length) can range from 7.5 cm to 9 cm. The backside of their bodies is covered in spiky armor. When they feel threatened they curl up their body and bite their tails to protect themselves, especially their soft bellies. 

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The most surprising thing about Armadillo Lizards is that they can stay curled for up to an hour. This position keeps them safe from predators like snakes, mongooses, and big birds. It also enables them to survive in the extreme heat of the desert. 

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Armadillo Lizards live on a carnivorous diet, and they especially feed on insects and spiders. Sometimes they also take plant material. They live in large family groups and hide under rock cracks and crevices in the desert to shield themselves from predators and harsh environments. Their groups can extend up to 30 to 60 individuals of all ages. 

People Can’t Get Enough Of The Armadillo Lizard As It Looks Like A Tiny Dragon

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Surprisingly they can live up to over a decade and are one of those reptiles that do not reproduce by laying eggs. Males of the Armadillo Lizards are territorial, protecting a territory. Female Lizards give birth to one or two young ones at a time. They also feed their young which is unusual in other lizard species. 

They are classified as near threatened by the IUCN. 

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