Feeding ecology and diet

Flat and girdled lizards are ambush predators that make short dashes to capture small invertebrates (flies, beetles, caterpillars, etc.). They also eat berries when seasonally available. The slow-moving plated lizards eat large insects, snails, etc. The larger species also eat leaves and berries, and will even eat small lizards and snakes if they can be caught. They are active foragers, and scrape away loose soil or leaf litter looking for hidden prey. Desert plated lizards forage at the base of dunes feeding on beetles, dry plant debris, grass seeds, and stems of the succulent Nara plant.

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