The various different types of lizards include anoles, chameleons, geckos, American legless lizards, monitor lizards, agamids, iguanas and earless lizards. Lizards belong to the class Reptilia and order Squamata. There are approximately 5,000 lizard species found in the order Squamata.
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.
The most effective method of keeping lizards away is to make the area less hospitable. Commercially available chemical and electric repellents sometimes work, but these are potentially harmful to children and pets.
Most lizards are omnivores, however, what a lizard eats is largely influenced by its size. With over 3,800 different species of lizard, there is no set diet between them.
Common lizards feed on insects, such as flies, grasshoppers and spiders, according to the Surrey Amphibian and Reptile Group. They also eat invertebrates, including earthworms, small snails and centipedes.
Small lizards can be carnivorous, herbivorous or omnivorous. Small lizards may eat a variety of insects, plants or a mixture of the two. Most lizards have a high metabolic rate and need to eat several times a week.
Most species of lizard are quadrupedal and crawl using their four limbs and tail. Certain species are legless and slither like snakes. Some lizards, such as geckos, can adhere to vertical or inverted surfaces and move freely on them.
Gecko's have learned to adapt to and live in habitats such as, cold mountain slopes, forests and deserts. Gecko's can be found living in these habitats on almost any continent in the world, with the exception of Antarctica. There are a wide variety of geckos living around the world, with the majorit
According to PawNation, alligator lizards require ample tank space and a regular diet of small invertebrates. Alligator lizards do not have any special heat requirements aside from a heat lamp placed at one end of the tank.
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 liza