A baby lizard is often referred to as a hatchling, though this term is not exclusive to lizards as most animals that are hatched from eggs can also be referred to as such. It is possible that some individual species may have more specific names for their babies. There are about 4,675 species of lizards throughout the world, located on every continent except Antarctica.
Female lizards will lay several eggs that are soft and leathery. However, they generally do not sit on the eggs or otherwise protect them. The hatchlings are independent from the moment they leave the egg and have the ability to take care of themselves. They often look like smaller versions of their parents and look similar to the ancient reptiles from the era of the dinosaurs.