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Dwarf Sungazer

Order:

Squamata

Family:

Cordyidae

Group:

Cordylus

Lifespan:

Up to 25 years

Gestation:

1 to 4 live young

Distribution:

East Africa

Habitat:

Dry forest and scrubland

Diet:

Crickets, insects, mealworms

Conservation Status:

Not Classified

 

Facts 

The Dwarf Sungazer Cordylus tropidosternum is also known as the East African Spiny-Tailed Lizard, and is generally dark brown in colour, with lighter creamy stripes.  They also have distinctive black stripes running from the ear to the shoulder.

They earned their name Sungazer due to their habit of looking up at the sun while basking in the morning in order to gain body heat, as is common with most reptiles.

They like to have numerous hiding spots, and will have many crevices and burrows to hide in should they become stressed, or are threatened by a predator.

 

 

Did you know?

They are able to inflate themselves and wedge into cracks and tunnels, so predators cannot pull them out.