Without their tails, Namaqua Sand Lizards grow to around 5cm and weigh only about 4g. They inhabit arid savannas, scrubland and semi-deserts, and specifically open sandy or gravelly areas. These diurnal lizards are extremely active, constantly dashing around at great speed in search of food, which is mainly small insects. At night and during cold spells they stay in burrows dug at the base of bushes. Females lie 3-5 eggs in early summer. Namaqua Sand Lizards occur from the Eastern Cape Province northwards through South Africa’s arid western parts, as well as Botswana and Namibia to southern Angola.