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Does a lizard lay eggs?

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Some lizards reproduce by laying eggs, while others give birth to live young. The lizard's mode of reproduction depends on its species. Iguanas, geckos and monitor lizards lay eggs; Solomon Island, blue-tongue and shingle-backed skinks reproduce by live birth.

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Does a lizard lay eggs?
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The similarity between egg-laying and live-birth reproduction is the need for a male-female coupling. Once mating occurs, the male is no longer a part of the process. Egg-laying females deposit eggs in a location that keeps them hidden from predators, but she never returns to the eggs.

Some lizards reproduce by asexual reproduction. This is rare in the lizard kingdom, just as it is with any animal species.


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