While enjoying the views of the canyon this weekend, we came across this little fellow.
I was surprised to find, when I looked up what lizard it was, that it is quite rare and only found in a tiny spot in South Africa. (The red spot below.)
This picture that I took is of the male of the species. He is a Sekukhune Flat Lizard (Platysaurus orientalis). The female of the species is plain brown with a black back. Female Sekukhune Flat Lizards lay two eggs in a rock crack in early summer. Their diet consists of insects and caterpillars.
Don’t you think the scientific name sounds just like a dinosaur? He looks a bit like one too. Maybe the dinosaurs were also rainbow coloured? What a beautiful world that would have been!