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Sungazer, Giant Girdled Lizard, Giant Spiny-tailed Lizard or Giant Zonure

Cordylus giganteus

Description:

They live in colonies and dig burrows into the silty soil of the Themeda grassland in South Africa. The name Sungazer comes from their habit of sitting at the burrow entrance and facing the sun. Sungazers are protected by spiny dorsal scales and large spines run along the back of the head. The tail is armed by whorls of large spines and is waved at predators that pursue it into a burrow. Adults are 150-180 mm from the snout to the vent. The back is yellow to dark brown and the sides are yellow. Males can be identified by the presence of enlarged scales on the forearm. (Wikipedia)

Habitat:

Aqua Terra Zoo Vienna; in the wilde: grassland in South Africa

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15 Comments

LaurieTherrien
LaurieTherrien 9 years ago

no problem!

Saarbrigger
Saarbrigger 9 years ago

Thanks a lot Laurie and Apple to help me to ID this little dragon.

Apple
Apple 9 years ago

Looks like Laurie found it! I would agree with that assessment. I looked through the horned lizards more thoroughly and all of them are much too flat to resemble this one.

LaurieTherrien
LaurieTherrien 9 years ago

looks a lot like the lizard in the pictures on this site: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_Girdl...

Apple
Apple 9 years ago

Another possible resource: http://www.phrynosoma.org/home.html

Apple
Apple 9 years ago

Likely some type of horned lizard, do you know where it originates from in the wild?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horned_liza...

Saarbrigger
Saarbrigger 9 years ago

Added another pic to the series. Any ID suggestion?

Saarbrigger
Saarbrigger 9 years ago

Thanks Karen and Vipin.

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

Handsome little guy!

vipin.baliga
vipin.baliga 9 years ago

Such a beautiful lizard... :-)

Saarbrigger
Saarbrigger 9 years ago

Thanks Lars. I think it's the right direction too.

Saarbrigger
Saarbrigger 9 years ago

You're right Rebecka, but I could not find the ID at the blog. Did you?

Rebecka Mason
Rebecka Mason 9 years ago

looks kinda like the lizard in this photo...
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_eh847pUiFYs/Sm...

LarsKorb
LarsKorb 9 years ago

Looks like a sort of Dragon Lizard (Agamidae) to me. Just a guess.

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 9 years ago

Beautiful dragon-head!

Saarbrigger
Spotted by
Saarbrigger

Wien, Wien, Austria

Spotted on Jan 4, 2012
Submitted on Feb 26, 2012

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