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Scientific name: Uromastyx dispar

Habitat: Sahara desert, arid areas with rocky slopes

Diet: leafy plants and seeds; juveniles eat insects

Life span: 20-25 years

Young: 8-20 eggs/clutch

Size: up to 41 cm (16.1 in)

The name uromastyx comes from Ancient Greek and means ‘tail’ (ourá) ‘whip’ (mastigo). When threatened, Mali uromastyx lash their strong, spiny tail from side to side to defend themselves.

When these lizards hatch, they are light tan in colour with some dark markings, which helps the juveniles hide from predators (camouflage). Adult Mali uromastyx are dark in colour, with bright yellow markings.

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Mali uromastyx on Wikipedia


Range: Africa

Status in the Wild

Status: threatened

For More Information

Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7


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