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. As of June 2014, there are about 4,675 species of lizards throughout the world, located on every continent except Antarctica.
Lizards pass through three different life stages, beginning as eggs, hatching into juveniles and ultimately becoming mature adults. Most juveniles resemble miniature versions of the adults, while others experience a change in color or body proportions as they grow. Some lizards pass through all three life stages within the course of one year, while others live long lives, taking many years to hatch and mature into adults.
Depending on the species, it can take anywhere from several weeks to several months for a lizard egg to hatch. For pet lizards, such as Anoles, eggs should hatch at around the 4 to 6 week mark, whereas the eggs of larger, wild lizards, such as Komodo Dragons, can take 7 to 8 months to hatch.
Leopard geckos live to be 15 to 20 years in captivity on average, although some survive to age 30. Geckos in the wild have a much shorter lifespan due to predators, injury and disease, which can all be avoided in captivity.
Yellow-spotted night lizards are not dangerous to humans. Lizards that belong to Lepidophyma flavimaculatum species have no poisonous glands and are not big enough to pose any real threat to a human.
Leopard geckos are desert-dwelling reptiles native to parts of southern Asia. Leopard geckos are among the larger gecko species and, unlike many gecko species, they possess eyelids and lack adhesive structures on their feet.
According to the National Wildlife Federation, there are over 180 different species of chameleons and only a few are in immediate danger of becoming extinct. Destroying a chameleon’s natural habitat is the biggest threat to its existence.
A sandfish skink, also known as Scincus scincus, is a type of lizard that burrows itself into the sand before swimming through it. The animal is native to southwestern Asia and north Africa.
A group of lizards is called a lounge. Only about 20 out of 6,000 lizards live in groups. Most lizard species are oviparous, meaning they lay their eggs. Many lizards lay their eggs in a secluded, thermally stable location, and then bury the eggs and leave them forever.
Typically, when a bearded dragon begins to turn yellow it is a sign that the reptile is not feeling well. If a bearded dragon experiences any abnormal changes in its skin, it should be seen immediately by a veterinarian.
Lizards do have teeth. However, the teeth of most lizards aren't specialized the way they are in animals like carnivores or rodents. All of their teeth look like pegs and are simply for catching prey and moving them down the digestive tract.
Every lizard species has unique dietary needs, because lizards are a group of reptiles spanning up to 6,000 species rather than a single species. Potential pet owners should research their species' dietary needs before bringing home an animal.
Lizards hibernate during the cold periods of the year, making their homes in tree trunks, rocks and wherever they can find shelter. Lizards are cold-blooded ecnotherms with no internal heating capabilities, so they must rely on heat from external sources. When winter comes, they are forced into hibernation.
Garlic is just one product that will keep lizards away from a house. Residents should place the garlic cloves around the doors or other areas where the lizards enter the home.
Komodo dragons are the top predators in their range, and adults do not suffer predation by any species. Young Komodo dragons sometimes fall prey to predatory mammals, birds and other Komodo dragons. Juveniles live in trees as protection until they are large enough to defend themselves.
Komodo dragons prefer hot, dry areas at low elevation. They are typically found in grasslands, savannas and forests in central Indonesia. Young Komodo dragons seek forested areas and live in trees until they are eight months old.
Lizards are distributed throughout the world, and as the San Diego Zoo notes, most of them live on the ground. Other common lizard dwelling places are underground burrows (especially in deserts), under rocks, marshy bogs and in trees.
Green Iguanas may grow to be 6 feet long and require habitats large enough to move around in. They are comfortable at temperatures in the range of 85 degrees. Green Iguanas are herbivores and subsist on plants, fruits and vegetables. They require a great deal of UVB light, that must be supplied to them for at least 12 hours each day. Do not house two or more iguanas together.
Chameleons usually live two to three years in the wild. However, the life span of a captive chameleon can range between three and 10 years. Some species are reported to be capable of living upwards of 20 years.
The diet of baby lizards varies from one species to the next, but most young lizards eat insects or other invertebrates. Crickets, roaches, earthworms, mealworms and silkworms are all acceptable items, but spiders, wasps, ants and other offensive species are not appropriate food items. In addition to providing a baby lizard with the appropriate prey species, be sure to provide prey of the appropriate size.
Geckos live on every continent except for Antarctica. They are mostly found in warm climates and live in numerous habitats, such as rain forests, deserts and even on cold mountain slopes.
The skink lizard is always on the lookout for a meal, and they mainly eat insects. Crickets, beetles, caterpillars, grasshoppers, spiders, slugs, snails, earthworms, small mice and even other lizards are all on the menu for the skink lizard.