Lizards are reptiles. There are more than 5600
species of lizards.
Lizard in Foreign Languages:
Afrikaans: akkedis / geitjie
Catalan: llangardaix / sargantana
Chinese Mandarin: xiyì
Chinese Min Dong: dô-dâing
Danish: firben / øgle
Faroese: flogdreki / edla / ødla
Irish: earc / laghairt
Japanese: tokage / tokage
Norwegian: øgle / firfisle
Norwegian Nynorsk: øgle
Occitan: cernalha / angròla
Old English: áðexe
Russian: jášcerica / jášcerka
Scottish Gaelic: laghairt / dearc-luachrach
Sicilian: gièrdula / lucerta /
lucèrtula Slovak: jašter / jašterica
Tajik: kaltakalos / kalpesa
Thai: gîng-gàa / jîng-jòk
Turkmen: kelpeze / suwulgan / hažžyk
West Frisian: hagedis
Western Apache: na’isho´’
Size: Lizard species vary greatly in size. The
largest lizard is the Komodo dragon measuring up to10
feet long and weighing 176 lbs. The smallest lizards
are members of the gecko family: theSphaerodactylus
ariasae and Sphaerodactylus parthenopion which measure
only 0.6 inches long.
Habitat: Lizards are found from southern Canada
to the tip of South America, most of Europe and Asia,
and all of Africa and Australia. Lizards are found in
all areas of the world except extreme cold and deep
oceans. Most lizards live on the ground, but others
can be found making their homes in trees, burrows, or
even in the water.
Description: Lizard are reptiles with scaly
skin. Some species of lizard can shed their tails when
they sense danger.
Senses: Most lizard species have acute vision.
Diet: Most lizards are herbivores, meaning they
will eat only plants, including fruits and vegetables.
Some small lizards will also eat small insects. Large
lizards like the komodo dragon are carnivores and will
eat many different types of game.
Communication: Most lizard species communicate
using body language. Their body positition and
posture can communicate the definition of their
territory, they can resolve any disputes, and
entice mates. Geckos are the only type of lizard
that have vocal chords, and the ability to make
Did You Know?
Lizards smell with their tongue, just
like a snake.
Birth: Most species of lizards lay eggs.
Sexually Mature: Most lizard species sexually
mature around 18 months of age.
Life Span: The life span of lizards vary
from species to species, some species of lizard
will live up to 50 years!
Did You Know?
Many lizard species have suction cups
on their feet, which makes them very