Species group: Girdled Lizards and Armadillo Lizards
Other common names: Armadillo Spiny-tailed Lizard; Golden Armadillo Lizard
Scientific name: Cordylus cataphractus
The Armadillo Girdled Lizard is native to rocky desert habitats in southern Africa. It is notable for its defense mechanism of rolling in a ball and placing its tail in its mouth.
Appearance / health:
Yellowish brown with remarkable layered armoring. Reaches 9 inches in length.