Yes you heard that right. If you travel to the Eastern Province, you’ll see road signs that warn drivers to be cautious of the Dabb lizards crossing the street.
This would be the first time anyone in the kingdom saw a road sign like this. The kingdom’s deserts are vast, majestic, and hold all kinds of creatures, and the fact that the government is respecting the ecosystem, even if the organism is a small reptile, is immensely deferential. Recently there was a video clip that circulated online of a man killing a Dabb lizard, and the Saudi police were soon to act on it.
بعد تداوُل مقطع فيديو..— خبر عاجل (@AjelNews24) 12 mai 2018
“شرطة القصيم” تطيح بمرتكب مذبحة الضبان.. والحياة الفطرية” تنسق لتطبيق العقوبات المنصوص عليها بنظام صيد الحيوانات.
Translation: “After the circulation of the video clip, the Qassim police force captured and detained the perpetrator who massacred the lizards and other wildlife creatures. Penalties will be enforced by the system for the hunting of prohibited animals.”
Uromastyx is a genus of African and Asian agamid lizards, the member species of which are commonly called spiny-tailed lizards, uromastyces, mastigures, or dabb lizards. Lizards in the genus Uromastyx are primarily herbivorous, but occasionally eat insects and other small animals, especially young lizards.