Lizard (Eyed dabb Lizard) / Uromastyx ocellata

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These lizards acquire most of the water they need from the vegetation they eat

Also known as the ocellated uromastyx or eyed spiny-tailed lizards, these diurnal rock-dwelling lizards tend to live in colonies, often in holes, cracks and crevices between large boulders. Sometimes they burrow into the beds of wadis, to avoid the worst heat of the day or hide from danger.

As adults, eyed dabb lizards appear to be exclusively herbivorous, feeding on a wide range of desert vegetation. Acacia leaves are reportedly a favoured food source and the species has been observed climbing Acacia trees to feed. Young lizards in captivity readily take insects and other invertebrates.

Mature female eyed dabb lizards tend to be as large or larger than the males, the reverse of most uromastyx species. Little specific information is available on the ecology of the eyed dab lizard in the wild. Dabb lizards are however generally oviparous (egg laying) with clutch sizes between 8 to 20 eggs. Eggs are laid in female burrow systems in the late spring-early summer or at the beginning of the dry season. They hatch after an incubation period of approximately 8 to 10 weeks and the hatchlings stay within the burrow system for several weeks to months before leaving to establish their own burrows.