Sudan Plated Lizard
Gerrhosaurus major
description 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.
distribution southeastern Africa, eastern Kenya, Tanzania, and Mozambique
adult size 12 - 16 inches
natural habitats Terrestrial; savanna and steppe areas
cage 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 Terrarium, Glass Terrarium)
substrate wood shavings, barks (e.g. Repti Bark, Coconut Bark), gravel, sand (e.g. Repti Sand, Calci-Sand), compressed paper granules (e.g. Good Mews)
activity period Daytime (diurnal);
12 - 14 hours each day with direct natural sunlight or UV lamp (e.g. ReptiSun 5.0, UV Heat Bulb)
temperature 35 - 38 ¢XC -- basking spot   (e.g. Basking Spot Lamp)
26 - 28 ¢XC -- cooler area   (e.g. Daylight Blue Bulb)
23 - 25 ¢XC -- at night   (e.g. Nightlight Red Bulb, Infrared Heat Lamp, Ceramic Heat Emitter)
humidity low to mid
hiding place Essential, since it lives in burrows.
Possibllites include caves (e.g. Habba Hut, Heat Cave), etc
water bowl a large shallow water bowl is needed for it to soak in and drink.
diet Omnivorous
primary food Insects, worms, grasshoppers, crickets. Will take smaller lizards or new born mice as well.
occasional food various fruits, specially the sweet and soft ones (e.g. Kiwis, passion fruits, mangos, star fruits, strawberries, grapes, peaches, plums, etc)
notes Plated lizards 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.
reproduction Oviparous, lays 4 to 6 large oval eggs
Interpretive information Also known 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.

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