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Great Plated Lizard

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The Great Plated Lizard obained its name from its plated scales. These scales cover the lizards entire back.
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Description Classification    


Latin Name: Gerrhosaurus major Average Lifespan: 15 to 20 years
Distribution: Kenya and Tanzania Estimated Size: Up to 2 feet

Great Plated Lizards spend a great deal of time basking in the sun. When they feel threatened they will dig a burrow or hide between rocks to avoid their predator. Once in between the rocks they will fill their bodies with air which will actually wedge them inside and not allow a predator to pull them out.



- Kingdom: Animalia
 - Phylum: Chordata
  - Class: Reptilia
   - Order: Squamata
    - Suborder: Sauria
     - Family: Gerrhosauridae
      - Genus: Gerrhosaurus
       - Species: G. major

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