Girdled and plated lizards

(Cordylidae)

Class Reptilia Order Squamata Suborder Sauria Family Cordylidae

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Small to large diurnal, heliothermic, terrestrial lizards, mostly with well-developed legs, although some groups are snakelike and have vestigial limbs

Size

Girdled and flat lizards, 5-13 in (13-33 cm); grass lizards, 22 in (56 cm); plated lizards, 6-28 in (15-71 cm)

Number of genera, species

7 genera; 88 species

Habitat

Forest, savanna, scrubland, desert, and grassland

Conservation status

Extinct: 1 species; Vulnerable: 5 species; Lower Risk/Near Threatened: 5 species

Ndelag Karte

Distribution

Southern and tropical Africa and Madagascar

Distribution

Southern and tropical Africa and Madagascar

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