Egyptian Dabb Lizard
Large, muscular body; short rounded nose; tapered, spiny tail; relatively short digits and claws. Color varies from brown to yellow and gray, becoming lighter in response to temperature. Males have a larger body and a relatively larger head than females.
Basks in the sun by day near its burrow. Forages mainly in the morning. Retreats quickly when approached. Inflates its body, hisses, and swings its tail when threatened. Hibernates in winter.
Leaves, fruit, and some insects. Never drinks water.
Flat, sandy or gravely deserts in the Azraq region and southwestern Jordan, including Wadi Araba, Wadi Fidan, Aqaba, and Wadi Rum. Burrows a deep tunnel with a crescent-shaped entrance.