Features, price and where to buy it. Breeding and everything you need to know about the dragon lizard.
Therearmadillo lizard, also known asdragon lizardis a species of land lizard belonging to the Cordylidae family. It is characterized by warm shades: colors ranging from brown to yellow. It is not appreciated for its colors but for its technical defense characteristic. When she feels threatened, the spectacular armadillo lizard it bites its tail and begins to roll into a curl up.
Its scientific name is Ouroborus cataphractus. What does it eat? Various insects, mainly termites or spiders although occasionally it can eat beetles, scorpions or ... vegetables! Due to its appearance, the armadillo lizard resembles a small baby dragon (for this reason it is known abroad asbaby dragon).
Price armadillo lizard
Its trade is illegal, so it is impossible to provide information on where to buy the armadillo lizard and its possible price. Indeed, the sale of this species should be reported to the competent authorities.
Breeding the armadillo lizard is the dream of many reptile lovers, however here in Italy this dream cannot be fulfilled. As stated, its sale is illegal. In the past, when there were no sales bans, thearmadillo lizard(also known asdragon lizard) was marketed for 100-150 euros.
The body is covered with a scale, a very rigid integument that manages to protect it from predators. To enhance the strength of the scales, thearmadillo lizardassumes a very particular position: it rolls into a ring, managing to roll like a ball. The body rotates on its sagittal axis until the tail reaches the oral cavity. In practice, the animal bends over itself biting its tail!
How much lizard is counted among the animals that hibernate. Therearmadillo lizard it reaches a length between 16 and 21 cm.
Despite the double integument that acts as a protection, thearmadillo lizardit is relatively defenseless. If not yeshides well between rocks and ravines, ends up being easy prey for birds of prey.
How long does he live? Where its breeding is permitted by law, in captivity this creature lives on average 25 years.
Where the armadillo lizard lives
Its natural habitat is exclusively the South African desert, where it lives in colonies that are also very numerous and exceed more than sixty specimens. The groups hide in the crevices of the rocks, comprising 30 - 60 specimens of all ages.
The species is endemic to the desert areas of the west coast of South Africa. In particular, its main area is found in the areas of the Karoo, up to the rocky areas of the Piketberg mountains. It prefers rocky and sandy areas, so as to blend in better.
Males are very territorial but intra-species fighting is rare. Therearmadillo lizardattracts the attention of the public for hisunusual adaptationdefensive, anti-predator. As anticipated, to defend itself, this lizard takes its tail in its mouth, assumes the shape of a ring and simplyrolls away. Assuming this characteristic shape, it exposes the hardest scales, those of the back and tail, to the outside. It is for this behavior (reminiscent, in fact, that of the armadillo) that it has been called the "armadillo lizard".
Its scientific name is Ouroborus cataphractus. This species is viviparous: the femalegives birth to one or twolittle ones. And among the rare species of lizard that does not lay eggs. Therearmadillo lizard femalecan heevenfeed its young. This behavior is not frequent among reptiles and particularly rare among lizards.
Females give birth only once a year, and then take a long break before a new mating.
Is it an endangered species?
Today the little onedragon lizardit would seem safe. Until 1996 it was classified on the IUNC list of vulnerable species. Since then, the armadillo lizard has been "downgraded" and placed on the list of non-endangered and non-vulnerable animals. Its recovery is related to thesales ban. In the 90s the little onearmadillo lizardit was stronglyhunted by manand introduced into the exotic animal trade. Making its sale illegal allowed for rapid expansion of the species.
In the future thedragon lizardit could end up on the endangered species list again. The reason? Climate change and abrupt temperature fluctuations are impacting termites, the armadillo lizard's main food source. Not just the main food source ofdragon lizardis at risk, but other imminent changes in its habitat could cause various imbalances (such as poor fire management and the introduction of some invasive plants that would unbalance the ecosystem balance in favor of other predators).