Chameleons are famous for being able to change colors to adapt to their surroundings. Although this ability is used partly for camouflage, it also reflects the chameleon's emotional state and intentions, according to National Zoo.
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.
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.
Komodo dragons have several key adaptations, including long and sharp claws, sharp teeth and strong jaws, powerful venom and the ability to run at high speeds. Komodo dragons can grow to be quite large, but despite their size, they rely on several physical characteristics to help them survive. They live on the Lesser Sunda Islands of Indonesia, and they are the top predators in their native range.
Different types of geckos can be identified by their size, coloration, patterns and markings, and their native habitat. Other forms of identification are whether the gecko can change its color, its temperament and if its toes have adhesive pads.
Bearded dragons show sickness through deformities, stunted growth, seizures, loss of coloration, paralysis, labored breathing, mucus discharge, diarrhea, lack of appetite and weight loss. Some of these symptoms indicate genetic deficiencies that cannot be helped, but other conditions can be amended by making adjustments to the bearded dragon's environment or diet.
A marine iguana removes salt from its body through salt glands located in the cranial cavity. These glands connect to the marine iguana's nasal cavity, allowing for expulsion when the marine iguana blows forcefully.
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.
According to Reptiles Magazine, the green iguana can reach lengths of over 6 feet and weigh approximately 11 pounds. The green iguana lives in rain forests covering northern Mexico, Central America and southern Brazil. It is also found on the islands of the Caribbean.
It is acceptable to feed bearded dragons broccoli because the bulk of their diet consists of leafy vegetables, non-citrus fruits and occasional insects. An excessive amount of broccoli can be harmful to the bearded dragon, however, so it is best to feed the bearded dragon uncooked broccoli only occasionally.
Geckos are types of lizards, but have several physical features, such as shorter and broader heads and sticky feet, that distinguish them from other types of lizards. Geckos and lizards live in many areas around the world and are particularly well-suited for life in hot and dry locations, such as the American southwest and deserts in the Middle East.
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.
Bearded dragons typically grow an average of one to a few inches each month for the first year of their life. While some bearded dragons can grow up to 2 feet in length, the maximum size of these animals in captivity is limited by the size of their environment. Bearded dragons achieve sexual maturity between one and two years of age.
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.
A person cannot keep a Komodo dragon as a pet. The Komodo dragon is endangered due to poaching and destruction of its habitat. It is also dangerous.
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.
Baby Komodo dragons are called hatchlings. As they grow a bit older, they don't have a special name; they are just referred to as babies.
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.
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.
Komodo dragons make their home in the Lesser Sunda Islands that are situated along the northern and eastern coasts of Indonesia. The Lesser Sunda Islands are remote and sparsely populated. They are characterized by a harsh and unforgiving climate, which few creatures can tolerate, but serves as a perfect habitat for the large predatory Komodo dragons.
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.