Armadillo Girdled Lizard

The Armadillo Lizard (Cordylus cataphractus) is a spiny-tailed lizard endemic to desert areas of southern Africa. It is also known as the Armadillo Girdled Lizard or the Armadillo Spiny-tailed Lizard. They can be a light brown to dark brown in coloration and are sometimes referred to with the common name of golden armadillo lizard. The underbelly is yellow with a blackish pattern, especially under the chin.This lizard has a distinctive defensive posture, in which it grabs its tail and curls into a ring. Its size ranges from 16 to 21 cm (6½ to 8½ in) in length. In South Africa, trade in Armadillo Lizards is illegal. Armadillo girdled lizard pictures are showed below.

armadillo girdled lizard pictures

This animal is named after the armadillo for its appearance and a similar defense mechanism. The lizard’s skin is covered with thick, squarish, protective scales along its back and stout spines on its neck and tail for making it awkward for predators, such as birds of prey to attack in defence.

armadillo girdled lizard pictures

armadillo girdled lizard pictures

They occur in scrub and rocky outcrops and hide in large cracks and crevices when hibernating for the winter. They live in family groups and the female gives birth to 1-2, though up to 4 is possible, young. The female may even feed her young, which is unusual for a lizard in that they rarely demonstrate parental care. They are one of comparatively few live-bearing lizards; they do not lay eggs like most other lizard species. The Armadillo Lizard lives mainly on small invertebrates such as insects and spiders and can live up to 25 years in captivity, slightly more in rarer cases.

armadillo girdled lizard pictures

Armadillo Lizards have an interesting defense, in that if frightened, they will grab their tail in their mouth and roll into a ball. This behavior is remarkably like that of the mammalian armadillo, which explains the common English name for these lizards. And just as it does for the mammal, this defensive posture enables the lizard to protect its soft underbelly from predators, exposing only its armored back.

armadillo girdled lizard pictures

Armadillo lizards display the typical lizard communicating skills of head-bobbing, tail-wagging and tongue-flicking, when confronting another unfamiliar armadillo lizard. These lizards have very powerful jaws, which can be very hard to open. When they do fight, they can clamp down on legs and toes, biting them off and drawing blood. They can bite down on the sides of the body and start rolling or twisting their opponent’s torso. This can cause internal damage to the animal.


  1. does it spit fire?

  2. i think it can’t spit fire. it’s not dragon.

  3. One off the coolest animals, I’d love to have a small dragon like that 😀

  4. lolz.. 😀
    its so small how big does it reaches

  5. looks like a little pangolin! it’s cute

  6. william velez says:

    hey is amazing animal and i have interest for buy, is very dificult to buy the real one… there meany diferent class but only one make the ball…i need your help for buy one.. thanks…please

  7. Am i be only english speaking persons?

  8. where would you look to get one

  9. armadilos always taste like cheese and chicken. Especially when they have gravy and teriaki sauce on them. Each day I eat an average of 24 armidilo legs. And I say it tastes just like chicken. The after taste is a creamy melt of cheese. Armidilos also taste great with lettuce and cow and elephant guts. It also should have lots of blood, veins and salt for extra flavour. My brother and his friend think that this is just a joke, but it snot.

    Start cooking!
    What are you waiting for?

    Love from, fat@sexy.q

  10. William,
    Please read the first paragraph which clearly states: “In South Africa, trade in Armadillo Lizards is illegal.”

    Like most wildlife, they do not make good pets either.

  11. how much r they?……. im lookin forward to getting one….. where do u find them?

  12. it is tooooooooooooooooo’oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo BEAUTIFUL. I WAS JOKING

  13. shaebugz says:

    Wow, Armadillo lizards are really cool! i really want one now but i dont think my roommates will really appreciate that they hate any type of small animals other than cats and dogs!

  14. michael santiago says:

    i have one i got it yesterday, and i think i might try to get another one from where i got it. I wanna try and breed them.

  15. Knightcrawler says:

    Ugh, don’t try to buy them. Trade in them is illegal for a reason! People who go out and buy these are hurting this species. If you love them, love them from afar until their population recovers. Or heck, help buy some land that’s their habitat for preservation purposes.

  16. haha i have one but its only a year old 😛

  17. Shadow says:

    8) That little lizard is cool 8)