The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Common Flat Lizard

Afrikaans name: Transvaalse Plat Rotsakkedis

Common Flat Lizard

Common Flat Lizard

Photo © Claire Herbert

Platysaurus intermedius intermedius

The males Common Flat Lizard has a beautiful colouration which includes brilliant blue, green and orange. The female is more of a dark olive brown with three cream stripes down its back. Males grow to a length of 22 to 23 cm and females are about 2 cm smaller.

These lizards are found in the north-eastern regions of South Africa. A different subspecies occurs in Zimbabwe.

The Common Flat Lizard is found on rocky outcrops in bushveld areas. In some areas they can be found in large colonies. They eat a variety of insects including ants, grasshoppers, beetles and cockroaches.

They breed in late summer and the female normally lays 2 eggs.

Common Flat Lizard

Beautiful male Common Flat Lizard

Photo © Steven Herbert

References and further reading

The Reptiles of the Kruger National Park - Author: U. de V. Pienaar, WD Haacke and NHG Jacobsen - Published: 1983 - Page: 99

Bill Branchs Field Guide to the Snakes and Other Reptiles of Southern Africa - Author: Bill Branch - Published: 1988 - Page: 166

Reptiles & Amphibians of Southern Africa - Author: Warren Schmidt - Published: 2006 - Page: 66

Game Ranger in your Backpack - Author: Megan Emmett and Sean Pattrick - Published: 2013 - Page: 200

A Guide to the Reptiles of Southern Africa - Author: Graham Alexander and Johan Marais - Published: 2007 - Page: 271


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