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Print Fact SheetArmadillo Girdled Lizard - Cordylus cataphractus



NEMBA Status


CITES Listing

Appendix II

Geographic location / distribution

West coast of South Africa, from the Orange River in the north (Little Namaqualand, Northern Cape Province) to the Piketberg Mountains in the south, and as far inland as Matjiesfontein in the Western Karoo Basin

Physical characteristics

Snout to tail length:  12-16cm (max: 21cm)

Snout-vent length (SVL): 7.5 - 9cm (max 10.5cm)

Traded parts, derivatives and products

Live animal


Wild populations are threatened by illegal collection for sale in the pet trade.

Other related species

Cordylus giganteus - Giant Girdled Lizard