Cordylus giganteus - Agnieszka Krzesińska
Giant girdled lizard (Cordylus giganteus)
Giant girdled lizard (Cordylus giganteus) is a specie that belongs to the Cordyliae family, which occurs in southern and eastern Africa. Lizards that belong to this group are diurnal, inhabiting mostly rocky terrain. They are mostly insectivorous. The most characteristic thing about the family is body covered in big, sharp scales, sometimes very colorful. The scales, which creates something like an true armor, are the most important thing in giant girdled lizard's life, because they provide it's survival. In case of a danger the lizard slip between the rocks and due to having sharp scales he can wedge in its hideout indisposing the predator to take it out. Importance of this fact is emphasized in the illustration by showing some details of the complicated lizard's scaled skin structure.