Namaqua Sand Lizard

Pedioplanis namaquensis

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.

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14 thoughts on “Namaqua Sand Lizard

  1. kim blades, writer

    It’s such a shame these cute little lizards aren’t found in KZN. I like lizards and have quite a few varieties living on my garden walls and behind plant pots. One, similar to the Namaqua Sand Lizard but about 20 cm long, lives in my letterbox.

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  2. John

    Beautiful little lizard!😊 I like reptiles and they need to be protected, especially snakes because the human kill them because they are scared for them. Even non poison snakes as the grass snake we have here in Sweden who is protected by law, but the municipality have removed theirs egg piles two years in a row and I have reported them to the Parliamentary Ombudsmen, but they don´t do nothing. Why have laws if some authorities don´t need to follow them?

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      It really is horrifying to hear that even in a rich, developed country with a highly skilled and educated population, there’s still so little regard for the natural world, John. I hope that you’ll not be disheartened and keep fighting for the protection of those beautiful snakes!

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  3. montucky

    Those are beautiful little creatures! In the many years when I lived in the Sonoran desert in Arizona I fell in love with lizards and always greatly enjoy seeing them. We had fringe-toed sand lizards there and they appear to be not too distant relatives of these.

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