There are countless animal species we perceive to be cute, but more often than not, lizards are never mentioned in that conversation, until now.
This South African reptile, the Armadillo Lizard, shares many similarities to mythical dragons, recently becoming an internet sensation due to its resemblance to some of televisions’ most iconic characters, like Drogon from Game of Thrones.
Because of their armor-like body, these tiny dragon-looking lizards reside in the mountains, which makes it easy for them to hide from predators if the situation arises.
Survival skills are key if you are to avoid predators, and these adorable creatures have developed the ability to roll out of danger and stay incredibly still for hours at a time.
Aside from its more common name of the Armadillo Lizard, these little reptiles have a Latin name, Ouroborus Cataphractus, which can be translated to the Golden Armadillo Lizard.
They are not just a strict color either, as the lizards have been seen in colors ranging from deep yellows to dark browns.
They can even be found in a mesmerizing pale color like this one.
In a lifespan that can last up to 10-years, Armadillo Lizards can be found growing up to four inches. Unlike other reptiles, these cute mini-dragons do not lay eggs, instead, they give birth to their offspring around 1-2 times per year.
Unfortunately, these unique-looking creatures are an endangered species, as humans continue to capture, abduct, and sell them as pets in illegal auctions and online markets.
If you don’t know much about the Armadillo Lizard, you can check out this short video posted on the California Academy of Sciences’ YouTube channel which gives you some insight into the beautiful little creatures.
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**We do not recommend that you have these as a pet, they are very difficult to keep. They should be left in peace in their natural habitat**