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Western Sandveld Lizard

Lizards | Namibia

Introduction: The western sandveld lizard (Nucras tessellata) is endemic to Namibia. It is a slender, but wonderfully coloured lizard whose appearance is enhanced by a long tail. Their preferred habitat is one of rocky ground in arid savannah.

Distribution: Southern Namibia, less for the Namib Desert extending southwards over the Orange River into South Africa.

Diet: Forages on scorpions and spiders, grasshoppers, beetles and cockroaches.

Colouring: The black body has 4 thin cream stripes on the back and brilliant white bars on the flanks. The rear of the body, tail and hind limbs are all a deep reddish-brown. The belly is pure white.

Breeding: Females lay 3 to 4 eggs.

Size: SVL 70 to 80mm. Max SVL 92mm.

Alte Kalkofen Lodge

80km west of Keetmanshoop, named after the large lime ovens found on the farms. Boasts the largest collection of lithops in Namibia

Birds Mansion

A popular establishment in the southern Namibian town of Keetmanshoop

Canyon Hotel

A large air-conditioned hotel in Keetmanshoop. A useful stop en-route to the Fish River Canyon and South Africa

Keetmanshoop Central Lodge

Good facilities make this an excellent overnight choice

Mesosaurus Fossil Site & Quiver Tree Dolerite Park

The undisputed winner of the longest lodge name in Namibia, MFSQTDP offers accommodation at reasonable prices

Quiver Tree Forest Rest Camp

Close to the Quiver Tree Forest this is a popular choice

Luderitz Accommodation