|Named By:||Amalitzky in 1922|
|Time Period:||Lopingian, 254-252 Ma|
|Size:||2.5 meters long|
|Fossil(s):||Several complete skeletons along with other remains|
|Classification:||| Chordata | Reptilia | Sauropsida | Procolophonomorpha | Procolophonia | Pareiasauridae ||
Scutosaurus ("Shield lizard") was a genus of parareptiles. It was an armor-covered pareiasaur that lived around 254-252 million years ago in Russia, in the later Permian period. Its genus name refers to large plates of armor scattered across its body. It was a large anapsid reptile that, unlike most reptiles, held its legs underneath its body to support its great weight.