Broadley's flat lizards are one of the species of flat lizard that's confined to small, distinct areas in South Africa. They are very colourful and able to make impressive leaps, a technique they put to good use in catching black flies as they swarm overhead.
Scientific name: Platysaurus broadleyi
Augrabies flat lizard
The territorial display and hunting techniques of the world's densest lizard population.
To capture the lizards jumping, a Super-16mm camera ran at 6 times the normal speed (150fps). The already difficult balance between getting the action and using up expensive film stock was compounded by the treacherous location. The cameraman was secured by rope and a climbing harness to prevent him falling from the rocks into the river below.
Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
The Broadley's flat lizard can be found in a number of locations including: Africa. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.
The following habitats are found across the Broadley's flat lizard distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.
Discover what these behaviours are and how different plants and animals use them.
Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
The Augrabies Flat Lizard (Platysaurus broadleyi) is a species of lizard in the Cordylidae family found in South Africa.
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