Malagasy Plated Lizard


plated-lizard2-400The Malagasy plated lizard occurs in southwestern Madagascar where it inhabits riverbanks of tropical forests. The endemic plated lizards are one of the most diverse groups of lizards on the island (19 species) and are found in all ecoregions. These are very interesting and little-known lizards. They have beautiful patterns and interesting behavior. It is a heat-loving lizard, living where temperatures are often up to 40 deg C, even in the shade, during the hottest part of the year.

These lizards eat mostly insects with very little fruit, eatting mostly crickets, mealworms (and their beetles), superworms and roaches. They may also eat small reptiles in the wild.


Conservation Status: Near Threatened
Near Threatened

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Here are a few fun facts:

  • The plated lizard can even survive in the sand dunes of a desert.
  • Many species are easily frightened and are therefore rarely seen up close by humans.
  • Plated lizards have tails that are much longer than the body and are covered with long, rectangular scales.

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April 1 st – October 31 st:
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

November 1 st – March 31 st:
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day

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Adults 12 & over $7.00

Children 3 to 11 $5.00

Seniors 65+ $6.00

Children 2 years and under — FREE

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