Cape flat lizard
(Endemic) SVL 70-75 mm; max SVL 86 mm male, 80 mm female.
The lower eyelids of this platy are opaque, and each is divided with a series of vertical septa. the enalrged supranasals are in contact behind the rostral. The middle row of gulars is not very enlarged. The scales on the sides of the neck are flattened and not enlarged. There are fewer than 98 transverse granules across the back. The ventrals are in 18-22 longitudinal rows. Males have 13-20 femoral pores. Females and juvenils have adark brown back, with three broad, cream stripes; the tail is straw coloured and the belly is white with a blackish patch in the middle that may be surrounded by diffuse orange-yellow. In adult males the head and most of the body are Prussian blue to blue-green ( nortern specimens have nomerous pale spots), and faint dorsal stripes may persist. The rear of the body is red-brown to pale brown, and the tail is red-brown. The throut is light blue and lacks a collar. The chest is dark blue, and the belly is black in the centre. The forelimbs are blue, the hind limbs, tail and rear of the body are red below. Biology : These beatiful lizards are common on the granite outcrops in the Richtersveld, but rarely form dense colonies. The beatyful males are shy and difficult to approach. A pair of eggs are laid beneath a sunny rock crack in November-December, and a second clutch may be laid later in the summer. Habitat : Succulent veld. Range : Lower Orange River from Goodhouse to the Richtersveld, extending south to Garies in Namaqualand and along Fish River into S.Namibia.
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