The Great Plated Lizard has several confusing common names.
"Great" Plated adheres to its Latin second name "major"
but is easily (and often) confused with the Giant Plated
Lizard, Matobosaurus validus (formerly Gerrhosaurus validus).
It is also commonly called the Sudan Plated Lizard, but its
native range is arid savannah and steppe areas of eastern
and south-eastern Africa, much more than Sudan. It is also
called the Rough-scaled Plated Lizard which, although
descriptive, is a bit of a mouthful.
It is an attractive, heavily armoured lizard, the latter
protecting it from predators when it wedges itself in rock
crevices (like the flat-bodied spiny-tails also from Africa
and the Chuckwalla). It has big ears (the holes behind its
eyes) and has a subspecies B. m. bottegoi (above
right) which is sometimes considered a full species, B.
bottegoi (formerly G. bottegoi).
It grows up to some 20 inches (over 50 cm) in length.