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
The blue-tailed lizard eats small worms and insects, including earthworms, caterpillars, beetles, crickets, grasshoppers, spiders, slugs, other lizards and small mice. Female lizards also eat their own eggs if they do not hatch. The blue-tailed lizard spends much of its day in dead trees searching for insects to eat. This lizard is also known as the five-lined skink.Full Answer >
Basilisk lizards are omnivores with a diet that consists mainly of flowers and insects, with a few small vertebrates thrown in for good measure, including birds, snakes and their eggs. Its range includes Central America and parts of South America, where it is typically found in low-lying areas.Full Answer >
The lizard has a wide variety of predators, including birds, snakes and even other lizards. When being chased or attacked by predators, lizards may swell up, hiss, break off their tails to escape or even change colors to blend in with their surroundings.Full Answer >
Baby lizards are able to eat the same things that adult lizards eat, so no special diet is required for babies. The diet of a baby lizard is dependent on the diet of its species.Full Answer >