This small girdled lizard is one of the few ground-dwelling or terrestrial species in a predominantly rock-dwelling family. In parts of its range, it shows a distinct preference for the succulent plant, Euphorbia caput-medusae and other close relatives as shelter.

The piled-up tuberculate stems of the succulent plant provide ideal hiding places, similar to rock crevices, and as many as 13 lizards have been found to shelter together in a single plant.