||A large, stout
plated lizard, with a short head and large eyes. The animals
are yellow-brown on the upper surface; each scale is often
dark-centered, creating a speckled to striped effect.
The chin and throat are usually yellow or cream, and the
underside is grey to light brown.
||southeastern Africa, eastern
Kenya, Tanzania, and Mozambique
||12 - 16 inches
||Terrestrial; savanna and
||A simple and easy-to-clean
cage is the best thing, specially for adults. It should
be large enough but does not need to be high because they
do not climb much. (e.g. Wooden
||wood shavings, barks (e.g.
Repti Bark, Coconut
Bark), gravel, sand (e.g. Repti
compressed paper granules (e.g. Good
|| Daytime (diurnal);
- 14 hours each day with direct natural sunlight or UV
lamp (e.g. ReptiSun 5.0,
UV Heat Bulb)
||35 - 38 ¢XC -- basking
spot (e.g. Basking
26 - 28 ¢XC -- cooler area (e.g. Daylight
23 - 25 ¢XC -- at night (e.g. Nightlight
Red Bulb, Infrared
Heat Lamp, Ceramic
||low to mid
since it lives in burrows.
Possibllites include caves (e.g. Habba
Hut, Heat Cave), etc
||a large shallow water
bowl is needed for it to soak in and drink.
||Insects, worms, grasshoppers,
crickets. Will take smaller lizards or new born mice as
|| various fruits, specially
the sweet and soft ones (e.g. Kiwis, passion fruits, mangos,
star fruits, strawberries, grapes, peaches, plums, etc)
have a groove running laterally along the length of the
body. This groove contains skin that is not covered with
plated scales and allows for expansion.
||Oviparous, lays 4 to 6
large oval eggs
as the African Plated Lizard (Grzimek) or Rough-Scaled
Plated Lizard (Branch's Field Guide). Since Great Plated
Lizard is the ISIS name for G. major that is what is being
used in zoo records.