Nigerian Uromastyx Lizard (Uromastyx geyri) - Cochran Mill Nature Center
Uromastyx comes from ancient Greek oura meaning tail and mastigo meaning whip. This lizard is well named because they rarely bite, but cause injury by whipping the spiny tail back and forth in self defense. Also called dhab or dabb lizards, they are primarily vegetarians from the arid regions of the Middle East and Northen Africa. These desert dwellers are diurnal (active during the day). Because they are desert dwellers, they very rarely drink water. Instead they get all the water they need from their food. They are very active diggers and will move the sand in their exhibit from one place to another all day long. They also love to bask under a very warm lamp.
From Palmetto, GA - Cochran Mill Nature Center