Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/53719

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata
Family:Cordylidae
Genus:Cordylus
Genus species:Cordylus giganteus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:38 cm
Identification:The sun gazer has a dark brown back, paler flanks (sometimes orange-tan), and sharp pointed scales on the neck and tail.
Habitat:Grasslands
Diet:Carnivore: arthropods, small vertebrates
Reproduction:Sun gazers are oviparous and give birth to two young each breeding season.
Sun gazers live in colonies.
Behavior:These diurnal lizards live in dry burrows.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:When threatened, a sun gazer will go into its burrow and block the entrance with its heavily armored tail. When a sun gazer is caught it plays dead -- it pulls the legs next to the body and lies motionless. But if one tries to turn it on its back it resists strongly and rights itself again.

Other Information

Geographic:Southern Africa Date:1966-12 Subjects:lizard
reptile
herptile
Sun gazer
Yellow-brown sungazer
Giant girdled lizard
Cordylus
Cordylidae
Lizards
Squamata
Reptiles
Vertebrates
Chordata