California lizards eat mostly ants, grasshoppers, spiders and beetles. They have a small row of teeth on each jaw and teeth on the roof of their mouths. Lizards snatch their food with long, sticky tongues, crush it in their jaws and swallow it with very little chewing.
The most common species of lizard in California is the western fence lizard. This lizard is 6 to 9 inches long and brown or black in color with blue markings on the sides of its belly. The western fence lizard frequently suns itself on rocks, fences and buildings, making it easy prey for snakes and birds. The lizard uses its quick reflexes and ability to throw off its tail to escape predators.Learn More
Lizards belong to a class of animals called reptiles, or reptilia, which contains over 8,225 species. Reptiles are cold-blooded vertebrates that breathe air. Most of them are egg-laying, except for some vipers and constrictor snakes as well as some lizards.Full Answer >
According to the National Wildlife Federation, chameleons protect themselves by changing colors to blend in with their environment. Chameleons move extremely slowly, so their best defense is their ability to camouflage themselves.Full Answer >
To set up a leopard gecko terrarium, get a large tank and add a substrate. Place recreational objects, a damp box and a water dish in the tank. Add a basking light, and adjust the temperature.Full Answer >
Chameleons are native to Africa and Eurasia, and most species live in trees. They live in a variety of different habitats, including grasslands, but many inhabit tropical forests. Half of all species of chameleons are from Madagascar.Full Answer >