The Augrabies Flat Lizard (Platysaurus broadleyi), also known as the Broadley’s Flat Lizard, lives in the rocky savanna of the Northern Cape, South Africa. It is the adult male lizards who have this bright colouration. While it makes them more attractive to the females, it also makes them more visible to predators (often raptors). Sometimes it’s better to be dull!
We spotted this lizard at the Augrabies Falls in the Northern Cape. We were there during the dry season when the falls are not very spectacular. However, you can go and look here to see a photograph of what the falls look like after heavy rains and when the sluice gates of the Vaal Dam (near Johannesburg) have been opened.