Mali Uromastyx

The Mali Uromastyx can be found in Africa and Asia. The Uromastyx is primarily herbivorous, but occasionally eats insects and other small animals, especially young lizards. They spend most of their waking hours basking in the sun, hiding in underground chambers at daytime or when danger appears. They like hilly, rocky areas with good shelter and accessible vegetation. These lizards acquire most of the water they need from the vegetation they ingest.

Their size ranges from 10 – 91 inches or more. Hatchlings are usually no more than 3-4 inches in length. Like many reptiles, these lizards’ colours change according to the temperature, during cool weather they appear dull and dark but the colours become lighter in warm weather, especially when basking.

Their spiked tail is muscular and heavy, and can be swung at an attacker with great velocity, usually accompanied by hissing. They like to burrow. Sometimes their burrows can reach 10 feet in depth.

Mali Uromastyx @ Safari Niagara

  • Safari Niagara’s Mali Uromastyx can be found at our reptile house.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Agamidae
Genus: Uromastyx
Species: U. maliensis

Did you know?

  • Females are smaller and less colourful than males.
  • Females also tend to have shorter claws.
  • In captivity, females tend to mimic males in colour.