How to Draw an Armadillo Girdled Lizard

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw an Armadillo Girdled Lizard in 8 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

The images above represents how your finished drawing is going to look and the steps involved.

Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Armadillo Girdled Lizard.

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How to Draw an Armadillo Girdled Lizard - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Draw a sideways V-shape; add a line in the middle. Draw a seed-like shape in the top of it. Close off the V with a zig-zag line.

Step 2: Add two more zig-zag lines next to the first.

Step 3: Draw a line down from the neck, and connect it to two lines that angle down and forwards, ending in four triangles.

Step 4: Draw a leg similar to the first that angles down and backwards behind it. Connect the legs with a curved line.

Step 5: Make a spiky sideways L-shape that connects the back of the top of the neck to the hind leg.

Step 6: Draw a second pair of legs near the top of the body, as shown in the image guide.

Step 7: On the rear end, draw a series of zig-zag lines that keep getting smaller, until you get to a line with a single point, for the tail.

Step 8: Add spikes all over the body. You are done! You can color it light to dark brown, with a yellow underbelly.

Interesting Facts about the Armadillo girdled lizard

The armadillo girdled lizard is a fascinating reptile that can be found in the western coast of South Africa. This amazing lizard lives in a areas that are very dry in the large cracks in the outcrops. The AG lizard as an adult will grow to be an average length of 75 to 90mm but its small size doesn’t mean that it is defenseless.

Did you know?

  • This lizard gets its name because of its amazing ability to be able to roll up into a ball revealing its spiny, hard scales that cover its body, and becomes almost impregnable when it is threatened
  • Even though it is uncommon for lizards, this species is a social creature where they will gather with between 1 to 30 other lizards in one rock crevice for long periods of time
  • Whenever this lizard is out in the open, if it senses danger it will immediately return to its nest in the rock crevices, though it is a slow runner so it is important that it is able to crawl into the ball to protect itself
  • The AG lizard is known to have a very strong sense of smell as it has long tube like nostrils that help them detect food and predators