Niger/Saharan Uromastyx

Niger Uromastyx/Saharan Uromastyx/ Saharan Spiny-Tailed Lizard Uromastyx geyri

Type of Animal:

Semi-desert/desert, rocky areas, bushes

Algeria, Mali, & Niger

Beige/orange w/ lighter spots, 2 phases-red & yellow, red reddish to neon pumpkin orange, yellow in/near neon-range, females paler than males & tanner, females less colorful than males, noticeable spiky scales on tail

Grasses, herbs, greens, flowers, vegetables, leaves, legumes, fruit, berries, weeds, grains, buds, shoots, seeds, spiky plants, cactus pads, nuts, insects, worms, insect larvae, young lizards (including of own species)

Status in Wild:

Breeding from zoos & private breeders.


Additional Info:


Male-7.8 oz
Female-5.11 oz
Young-0.42 oz

1 month 

Life Span:
15 years

Body Length:
Male-13.5 in
Female-10 in
Young-4 in

Tail Length:
3 in

Main predators of adults are raptors, dogs, cats, & monitor lizards. Juveniles/young preyed on by lizards (including own species), snakes, & shrikes.

Males extremely territorial & will fight to the death.

They’re diurnal (active during the day).

Females lay clutches of 5-40 eggs.

They’re in the same family as popular lizards such as bearded dragons.

Sexually mature at 4 years old.

Fun Fact(s):
Captive-bred individuals can make excellent pets.

The word “uromastyx” comes from Greek word meaning tail whip or tail scourge, due to spiky tails.

Colors can change according to temperature, w/ lighter colors in hotter weather.

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