Schmidt’s Fringe-Toed Lizard


Name: Schmidt’s Fringe-Toed Lizard

Scientific name: Acanthodactylus schmidti

Synonym: Acanthodactylus cantoris schmidti

Type: Diurnal lizards

Family: Lacertidae


This is a medium size lizard with a total length smaller than 20 cm. It is active during the day and can be found on sandy vegetated areas, dunes with vegetation and on sabkahs. The species eats insects and other small invertebrates, and makes small burrows where females lay eggs

World Distribution:

The species is distributed from southern Jordan, south-eastern Iraq and south-western Iran to most of the Arabian Peninsula (Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar). Its type locality is Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)

Conservation status:

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

Scientific publications:

We have found 23 scientific publications about the species in international databases. Most studies are general and about parasitology, but also about physiology, osteology, ecology and reproduction. No ecological information exists for this species in Qatar

Similar species:

Acanthodactylus scutellatus


Haas, 1957

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