According to the San Diego Zoo, there are over 4,500 species of lizards. This includes lizards with four legs, two legs and even some with no legs at all! To fill in the gaps, here are 11 interesting facts about lizards!
Lizards are found around the world in many different types of terrain. Some can be found living in trees while others may live in deserts among the rocks. The Texas Horned Lizard, for example, can be found in warm areas in Southern North America, while the Northern Fence Lizard can be found in cool pine forests in North America.
The majority of the lizards are active during only the day. Lizards rely on their environment to warm their body as they are cold-blooded animals. They utilise the sun’s heat to keep their body warm and are active when their body is warm.
While some lizards can live easily with other lizards of different species, some lizards can be territorial.
The majority of lizards eat meat as they are carnivores. Spiders, ants, cicadas and termites are the typical diet of a lizard. They even eat other lizards! Some lizards, however, are omnivores. This means that they eat both meat and vegetation. The Clark’s Spiny Lizard is an example of an omnivore lizard. And finally, there are some lizards that are herbivores and only eat vegetation. An example is the Marine Iguana.
Frost’s Arboreal Alligator Lizard, Be’er Sheva fringe-fingered lizard and Campbell’s Alligator Lizard are some lizards that are critically endangered.
The tongues of chameleons’ are longer than their bodies, and their eyes are able to look in two different directions at once. Incredible!
According to Encyclopedia Britannica, the Gila Monster and Mexican Beaded Lizard are both venomous.
According to National Geographic, the Green Basilisk Lizard can run in the water at 1.5 metres a second. The running feet of these lizards allow them to stay afloat.
When they are trying to intimidate an attacker, the round collar of the skin of the Frill Neck Lizards pops up!
The largest living species of lizard are located in Indonesia. The Komodo dragon can reach over 90 kg in weight and grow to an enormous 2.6 meters in length!
Did you know that some lizards can swim? Marine iguanas in the Galapagos Islands are equally happy in the water as they are on land, and Asian water monitor lizards swim in the sea in their search for food.
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