Flat lizards live in rock outcrops in either savanna or rocky desert. Most girdled lizards occupy similar habitats, although a few live under dead tree bark or in tunnels in grassland. Grass lizards prefer short heath or grassland. Most plated lizards inhabit savanna or scrubland. However, one species is adapted to desert dunes, some Madagascan species inhabit forest floors, and another is semiaquatic and favors riverbanks. The snakelike seps forage in grassland or mountain heath-land. The dwarf plated lizards live among succulents and rocks from the Karoo of South Africa to Angola.
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