girdle-tailed lizard

noun

Definition of girdle-tailed lizard

: a lizard of the family Cordylidae

called also zonure

— see klipsalamander

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History and Etymology for girdle-tailed lizard

so called from its practice of rolling its spiny tail over its soft belly as a protection when threatened

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“Girdle-tailed lizard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/girdle-tailed%20lizard. Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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