Great Plated Lizard

(Gerrhosaurus major)

There is one great plated lizard here at the Zoo, a male born in 2016. He came to the Zoo in 2017 from Brookfield Zoo. Great plated lizards have a short head, large eyes and a tail that is usually twice the length of its body. The legs appear delicate because they are smaller than other lizards, such as iguanas. This reptile has rough scales on its head.

Animal Facts


Young lizards will eat fruits, leaves and other vegetation as well as insects, spiders and other small invertebrates. In conservation care, older animals will eat small mice/rodents and commercial canned dog food.

Status in The Wild

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status

Ranges from eastern Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique. Lives on rocky hills where sparse vegetation grows. They will hide in the cracks of the hills or between rocks.