Lizards

Lizards are a widespread group of squamate reptiles with approximately over 6,000 species, ranging across all continents except Antarctica, as well as most oceanic island chains.

  • When lizards feel they are in danger and need to escape from their predators they can leave back their tail. The tail they leave behind will move and confuse the predator. In time the tail will grow back and this will be slimmer and often of a different color.
  • Lizards are able to smell by tasting the air around them. This is why they are often seen with their tongues going in and out at a rapid pace.
  • For the most part Lizards aren’t dangerous. There are two species though that have a dangerous venom. They are the Gila Monster and the Mexican Beaded Lizard.
  • The largest species is the Komodo Dragon. It can grow to a size of up to 10 feet. The smallest species are just a couple of centimeters long.
  • It is possible for the teeth of a Lizard to be replaced throughout their life. There are a few species however which do not do this.
  • There are some species of Lizards that have the ability to squirt blood out of their eyes. They have horns and are able to squirt blood for a distance of up to 4 feet. This is a way for them to be able to defend themselves against predators or when they feel there is any type of threat to them.
  • Lizards are able to conserve water by excreting salt. When water is in short supply they will do this often and have a white reside on the body.
  • There are more than 5,600 different species of Lizards around the world.
  • There is evidence that Lizards have been on Earth for more than 200 million years. It is believed that some of them used to be as large as the dinosaurs.
  • Lizards live everywhere in the world except in Antarctica.
  • Lizards grow for their entire lives. They will shed their skin when they need to grow more.
  • All species of Lizards are cold blooded creatures.

Food:
Small lizards like chameleons, geckos and anoles eat mostly insects like flies and crickets. They also eat other small creatures like snails, spiders and caterpillars. The bigger the size of a lizard, the bigger is its prey.

Habitation:
Lizards live in deserts, forests, prairies, marshes and rocky areas. Most lizards live on the ground or in trees. They are most active on warm, summer days. The usually sleep through the winter and sometimes come out to eat on warm days.

Impact:
The common house lizard is mostly harmless to humans. The chief impact of lizards on humans is positive. They are significant predators of pest species. In addition to this there are a lot of popular lizards who are hunted for their medicinal purposes.

Prevention:

  • Lizards are the most despicable creatures of our house. To ensure they do not creep around your houses at the wrong times and startle you, firstly ensure to keep your indoors clean.
  • Egg shells can be kept in corners of the houses, the pungent smell from them wards the lizards off.
  • Block all possible sources of entry for them.