Arnold’s Fringe-Toed Lizard


Name: Arnold’s Fringe-Toed Lizard

Scientific name: Acanthodactylus opheodurus

Synonym: Not found

Type: Diurnal lizards

Family: Lacertidae


This is a small lizard with a total length smaller than 20 cm. The species has a very long tail, hence why it is also known as the snake-tailed fringe-toed lizard. The species is active during the day and it can be found in sandy areas where there is also vegetation. They eat insects and other small invertebrates. Small burrows are dug near the bushes and females lay their eggs here

World Distribution:

This species occupies the Arabian Peninsula, Palestine, Jordan, Iraq, Iran and Qatar. Its type locality is Jazir coast (Oman)

Conservation status:

It is classified as Least Concern (LC) on the IUCN Red List

Scientific publications:

We have found 14 scientific publications about the species in international data bases. Most studies are general about their geographic distribution, and few focus on ecology, physiology, morphology and behaviour. No information about the ecology of the species exists for Qatar

Similar species:

Can be mistaken for Acanthodactylus boskianus


Arnold, 1980