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.Know More
Lizards are cold-blooded animals, meaning they do not have a high enough metabolism to regulate their own body temperatures. This means that globally distribution is higher in the tropics, sparser in temperate regions and entirely nonexistent at the poles. Lizards rely on the ambient temperature of the regions they inhabit to provide them with sufficient energy to remain active. Snowy mountain peaks, icebergs and even temperate regions in the winter are all exceedingly inhospitable places for lizards to live.
On the other hand, deserts, which are primarily inhospitable to most forms of life, provide lizards with all the heat they could ever need. The desert monitor lizard's range includes the Sahara, and the only two venomous lizards, the Gila and the horned toad, both make the deserts of the southwest United States their homes.
Of the familiar lizard families, marine iguanas are great swimmers. Chameleons are all tree dwellers, along with anoles and skinks. The enormous monitor lizards are a ground-dwelling group.Learn more about Lizards
Basilisk lizards live in the tropical rain forests of southern Mexico, Central America and northern South America. Some have been introduced to Florida and survive the winter months by burrowing under leaf litter. Basilisk lizards belong to the family Corytophanidae and are closely related to iguanas.Full Answer >
Lizards need food, warmth, air and water to survive. There are currently more than 4,675 known lizard species, so it is important to consider the type of lizard you are caring for in determining its specific needs.Full Answer >
Some species of lizards, including the bearded dragon, the uromastyx and the blue-tongued skink, are omnivorous. Most other species are strictly insectivores, carnivores or herbivores.Full Answer >
Mothballs are not an effective deterrent for lizards. A better solution for keeping the lizard population at bay is to remove objects that provide a hiding place or food supply.Full Answer >