lizard day

Armadillo Lizard

Defensive Position

Picture from Cindy Shuttleworth

Armadillo lizards are so named because of their defensive maneuvers. When threatened, they roll up like so, pointing out all their spikes, much like armadillos do.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Sauria
Family: Cordylidae
Genus: Cordylus
Species:     C. cataphractus


6 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Koziołek said,

    Very nice dragon… So sweet 😉

  2. 2

    Toby Monk said,

    Oh that’s a beauty, and a live bearer too!

  3. 3

    […] into a ball, but the Armadillo Girdled Lizard (Cordylus cataphractus) does just that. This lizard grabs its tail with its mouth and forms a ring with its spines pointing out. Any predator will have a hard time figuring this […]

  4. 4

    Meo Kyser said,

    What an amazing creature! My 4 year old and I are watching Dora and he wanted to look up an armadillo that he saw on the show, then we came across this…absolutly stunning!

  5. 5

    grac2u said,

    Oh my gosh– he is sooo CUTE!!

  6. 6

    […] unique lizard protects itself by curling into a ball. In order to hold the curl, the lizard grabs its tail with its mouth. The spikes then create a barrier to any predator. To be clear, this […]

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