Zagrosian Lizard


Common name : Siirt lizard

Scientific name : Sistrurus catenatus catenatus

Family : Lacertidae

Native to : North-Eastern Syria, South-Eastern Turkey, South-Western Iran (the Central Zagros Mountains), and some parts of Northern Iraq

Interesting fact : They shed their entire skins every few days for several weeks.

Conservation status : Least Concern

These cold-blooded creatures typically warm and bask in the sun before starting their activities. They discharge white uric acid from their kidneys in the form of urine. These members of the oriental lizard tribe are mysterious, and not much information exists with regard to these elusive creatures. They are typically inactive in the winter months, and long for the sun.

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