Size A medium-sized lizard with adult snout-vent length from 75-110 mm.
Description A round-bodied lizard with prominent lateral folds. The head is short and pointed. The nostrils are pierced between two nasals and the first labial. The lower eyelids are opaque. The dorsal scales are keeled and arranged in 22-24 longitudinal series. The limbs are relatively short and both males and females have 15-20 femoral pores per side. The tail is longer than the body. The body is light purplish-brown above, usually with scattered dark spots and a pair of white dorso-lateral stripes. The flanks below the dorso-lateral stripes have two irregular series of large white spots. The belly is white.
Biology This is a terrestrial species occurring in succulent karoo and renosterveld. It shelters in a short burrow dug at the base of a bush or in rodent burrows. It is very secretive and is seldom seen. It has the habit of wriggling into loose sand so that only the tip of the snout sticks out. It is active in the early morning and late afternoon. An active forager, it preys on a wide range of insects, including termites. Like other members of the family, it is oviparous and 4-8 eggs are laid in early summer.
Distribution Namaqualand and inland towards the eastern Karoo .
Distribution in GCBC Probably present in lowland areas throughout the corridor.
Conservation status Listed as Rare in the latest South African Red Data Book for reptiles and amphibians, and Lower risk/Near threatened in the IUCN Red Data list (2000).
Threats None identified.
Current studies None.