Species group: Agamas
Other common names: Dwarf Shield Tailed Agama; Turnip-tailed Agama
Scientific name: Xenogama taylori
The Shield-tailed Agama is native to dry terrain in Somalia and Ethiopia. It is notable for its shield-like tail, which it uses to block the passage to its underground burrow.
Appearance / health:
The Shield-tailed Agama can reach 8 cm. (3.5 inches) in length and weigh up to 20 grams.