Ouroborus cataphractus - Polina Soboleva
Species or element:
Armadillo girdled lizard
It is a species of lizard in the family Cordylidae, which is endemic to desert areas (the western coast of South Africa). It inhabits rock outcrops and mountain slopes, preferably on sandstone substrate. Colour: a light brown to dark brown. The underbelly is yellow with a blackish pattern, especially under the chin. Size: from 7.5 to 9 cm. It lives in social groups of up to 30 to 60 individuals of all ages.The female gives birth to 1-2 live young.The Males are territorial, protecting a territory and mating with the females living there. The lizard possesses an uncommon antipredator adaptation, in which it takes its tail in its mouth and rolls into a ball when frightened. In this shape, it is protected from predators by the thick, squarish scales along its back and the spines on its tail.