The Lizard is a reptile with over 6,000 different species that is closely related to snakes; some lizards are even more closely related to snakes than to other lizards. Most lizards have four legs, eyelids that they can blink, smooth scales, exposed ear holes, and tongues that can smell. Lizards are primarily carnivorous animals, although some are vegetarian, that sit and wait for their prey, as opposed to actively hunting. Lizards are found on every continent, except for Antarctica. For defense and offense, lizards may be venomous, capable of camouflage, and able to lose and regrow their tails. Lizard’s scales do not grow with them, and the creatures will molt and shed their scales in order to grow.

What do lizards eat?

What lizards eat depends on their habitat and species. Many lizards are carnivores. Lizards typically eat insects like flies and crickets, snails, spiders, and caterpillars. The larger the lizard the larger the prey tend to be. Some lizards may also eat cicadas, small mammals, and other lizards.

Why do lizards do push ups?


Lizards do push ups to attract other lizards and display their strength as well as warn others to no intrude their territory. Lizards tend to do this ritual both at dawn and dusk. Their displays of strength help avoid physical confrontations between male lizards.

How long do lizards live?

The lifespan of a lizard depends on the species, size, and if it is in captivity or in the wild. Many lizards have an average lifespan of 15 to 20 years. Lizards in captivity can live between 4 to 6 years. Smaller lizards in the wild tend to live shorter lifespans since it is harder for them defend themselves against other predators.

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.39”-.55” | 1-1.4 cm
.6”-.8” | 1.5-2 cm
3”-3.5” | 7.5-9 cm
1.8-3.5 oz | 50-100 g
10-25 years
Armadillo Lizard
1.400
2.000
9.000
0.100
25.00
53600
GUIDE
3D
Armadillo Lizard
4.37”-6.5” | 11.1-16.5 cm
3.94”-5.91” | 10-15 cm
40”-60” | 101.6-152.4 cm
25-31 lb | 11-14 kg
25-69 years
Blue Iguana
16.500
15.000
152.400
14.000
69.00
34600
GUIDE
3D
Blue Iguana
.35”-.71” | .9-1.8 cm
.4”-.83” | 1-2.1 cm
3”-5.9” | 7.5-15 cm
1.6-2.5 oz | 45-70 g
3-8 years
Common House Gecko
1.800
2.100
15.000
0.070
8.00
136000
GUIDE
3D
Common House Gecko
.71”-1.1” | 1.8-2.8 cm
.98”-1.38” | 2.5-3.5 cm
7.1”-11” | 18-28 cm
1.6-3 oz | 45-85 g
10-20 years
Common Leopard Gecko
2.800
3.500
28.000
0.085
20.00
300000
GUIDE
3D
Common Leopard Gecko
.67”-1.06” | 1.7-2.7 cm
.79”-1.34” | 2-3.4 cm
5.9”-9.8” | 15-25 cm
1.2-1.9 oz | 35-55 g
5-20 years
Crested Gecko
2.700
3.400
25.000
0.055
20.00
139300
GUIDE
3D
Crested Gecko
1.1”-1.73” | 2.8-4.4 cm
1.06”-1.65” | 2.7-4.2 cm
10”-16” | 25.4-40.6 cm
2-3 oz | 57-85 g
7-14 years
Desert Iguana
4.400
4.200
40.600
0.085
14.00
6300
GUIDE
3D
Desert Iguana
1.97”-2.4” | 5-6.1 cm
3”-3.62” | 7.6-9.2 cm
20”-24” | 50.8-61 cm
.8-1.2 lb | .38-.55 kg
6-18 years
Eastern Bearded Dragon
6.100
9.200
61.000
0.550
18.00
5100
GUIDE
3D
Eastern Bearded Dragon
.35”-.83” | .9-2.1 cm
.31”-.71” | .8-1.8 cm
4”-9” | 10.2-22.9 cm
.07-.21 oz | 2-6 g
3-8 years
Green Anole
2.100
1.800
22.900
0.006
8.00
65000
GUIDE
3D
Green Anole
2.2”-4.45” | 5.6-11.3 cm
2.24”-4.49” | 5.7-11.4 cm
18”-36” | 46-91 cm
7-17.6 oz | .2-.5 kg
5-10 years
Green Basilisk
11.300
11.400
91.000
0.500
10.00
4900
GUIDE
3D
Green Basilisk
1.46”-2.05” | 3.7-5.2 cm
1.18”-1.69” | 3-4.3 cm
12”-17” | 30.5-43.2 cm
2.6-8.8 lb | 1.2-4 kg
12-25 years
Green Iguana
5.200
4.300
43.200
4.000
25.00
42000
GUIDE
3D
Green Iguana
14.17”-17.72” | 36-45 cm
13.78”-17.32” | 35-44 cm
8’-10’ | 2.43-3.05 m
150-300 lb | 68-136 kg
10-30 years
Komodo Dragon
45.000
44.000
305.000
136.000
30.00
452200
GUIDE
3D
Komodo Dragon
.63”-1.26” | 1.6-3.2 cm
.67”-1.3” | 1.7-3.3 cm
6”-12” | 15.2-30.5 cm
.7-3 oz | 20-85 g
10-20 years
Mexican Alligator Lizard
3.200
3.300
30.500
0.085
20.00
11600
GUIDE
3D
Mexican Alligator Lizard
2.44”-3.78” | 6.2-9.6 cm
1.89”-3” | 4.8-7.6 cm
13”-20” | 33-50.8 cm
2.1-6.3 oz | 60-180 g
3-7 years
Panther Chameleon
9.600
7.600
50.800
0.180
7.00
53200
GUIDE
3D
Panther Chameleon
2.95”-8.46” | 7.5-21.5 cm
1.89”-5.31” | 4.8-13.5 cm
20”-54” | 50.8-137 cm
10-20 lb | 4.5-9 kg
10-20 years
Rhino Iguana
21.500
13.500
137.000
9.000
20.00
7800
GUIDE
3D
Rhino Iguana
6.73”-8.3” | 17.1-21.1 cm
6.14”-7.48” | 15.6-19 cm
4’-5’ | 122-152 cm
11-13.2 lb | 5-6 kg
8-20 years
Savannah Monitor
21.100
19.000
152.400
6.000
20.00
35300
GUIDE
3D
Savannah Monitor
1.26”-1.69” | 3.2-4.3 cm
1.61”-2.4” | 4.1-6.1 cm
6”-8.5” | 15.2-21.6 cm
1.8-3.4 oz | 50-95 g
12-20 years
Thorny Dragon
4.300
6.100
21.600
0.095
20.00
7700
GUIDE
3D
Thorny Dragon
.59”-1.38” | 1.5-3.5 cm
.83”-1.65” | 2.1-4.2 cm
8”-16” | 20.3-40.6 cm
4.9-14.1 oz | 140-400 g
7-15 years
Tokay Gecko
3.500
4.200
40.600
0.400
15.00
50100
GUIDE
3D
Tokay Gecko
2.4”-4.33” | 6.1-11 cm
2.36”-3.94” | 6-10 cm
14”-24” | 35.6-61 cm
3-6 oz | 85-170 g
3-8 years
Veiled Chameleon
11.000
10.000
61.000
0.170
8.00
39600
GUIDE
3D
Veiled Chameleon
Crested Gecko (Correlophus ciliatus)
Comparison drawing of the Crested Gecko compared to other lizards

Also known as the eyelash gecko, the crested gecko (Correlophus ciliatus) is distinguished by its lack of eyelids. It uses its tongue to keep its eyes clear and moist. It also has hair-like protrusions that fan out above its eyes which resembles that of eyelashes (hence the secondary name). Considered a larger species of gecko, the crested gecko features a wedge-shaped head, clawed toes to aid with climbing, and a detachable tail which will not grow back. As such, most found in the wild appear without a tail. The crested gecko is also an omnivore, having a diet that consists of fruit, nectar, and insects.

The Crested Gecko has an overall length between 5.9”-9.8” (15-25 cm), body width of .79”-1.34” (2-3.4 cm), body height of .67”-1.06” (1.7-2.7 cm), and weight between 1.2-1.9 oz (35-55 g). The typical lifespan of the Crested Gecko is between 5-20 years.

Set of scaled top and elevation drawings of the Crested Gecko
Also known as the eyelash gecko, the crested gecko (Correlophus ciliatus) is distinguished by its lack of eyelids. It uses its tongue to keep its eyes clear and moist. It also has hair-like protrusions that fan out above its eyes which resembles that of eyelashes (hence the secondary name).

The Crested Gecko has an overall length between 5.9”-9.8” (15-25 cm), body width of .79”-1.34” (2-3.4 cm), body height of .67”-1.06” (1.7-2.7 cm), and weight between 1.2-1.9 oz (35-55 g). The typical lifespan of the Crested Gecko is between 5-20 years.

Set of scaled top and elevation drawings of the Crested Gecko
Crested Gecko (Correlophus ciliatus)
Height:
.67”-1.06” | 1.7-2.7 cm
Width:
.79”-1.34” | 2-3.4 cm
Length:
5.9”-9.8” | 15-25 cm
Depth:
Weight:
1.2-1.9 oz | 35-55 g
Area:
Scientific Name
Correlophus ciliatus
Lifespan
5-20 years

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Crested Gecko top view, side

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Komodo Dragon (Varanus komodoensis)
Comparison illustration of the size of a Komodo Dragon to other lizards

The Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis) is the largest living lizard in the world. Native to Indonesia's Lesser Sunda Islands, the komodo dragon has a preference towards tropical forests and never strays far from home. It exists as a dominant predator of its ecosystems due to its size. The komodo dragon is a carnivore, feeding on that of dead animals as well as ambushing live mammals and birds with quick speed. It has also been noted to attack humans on occasion. It is characterized by a long, flat head, a body covered in armoured scales, and a tail just as long as its body.

The Komodo Dragon has an overall length between 8’-10’ (2.43-3.05 m), body width of 13.78”-17.32” (35-44 cm), body height of 14.17”-17.72” (36-45 cm), and weight between 150-300 lb (68-136 kg). The typical lifespan of the Komodo Dragon is between 10-30 years.

Scaled collection of drawings of Komodo Dragon in various poses
The Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis) is the largest living lizard in the world. Native to Indonesia's Lesser Sunda Islands, the komodo dragon has a preference towards tropical forests and never strays far from home. It exists as a dominant predator of its ecosystems due to its size.

The Komodo Dragon has an overall length between 8’-10’ (2.43-3.05 m), body width of 13.78”-17.32” (35-44 cm), body height of 14.17”-17.72” (36-45 cm), and weight between 150-300 lb (68-136 kg). The typical lifespan of the Komodo Dragon is between 10-30 years.

Scaled collection of drawings of Komodo Dragon in various poses
Komodo Dragon (Varanus komodoensis)
Height:
14.17”-17.72” | 36-45 cm
Width:
13.78”-17.32” | 35-44 cm
Length:
8’-10’ | 2.43-3.05 m
Depth:
Weight:
150-300 lb | 68-136 kg
Area:
Scientific Name
Varanus komodoensis
Lifespan
10-30 years

Drawings include:

Komodo Dragon top view, side

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Blue Iguana (Cyclura lewisi)
Comparison drawing of the Blue Iguana compared to other lizards

Also referred to as the Grand Cayman blue iguana, the blue iguana (Cyclura lewisi) is one of the larger species of lizard native to the Grand Cayman Island located in the Caribbean. The blue iguana’s skin color ranges from a blueish green to a darker gray that blends into its rocky environment, as it prefers a rocky landscape within the forest or by the seashore. Its preference for the latter habitat is due to the female iguana’s need to lay its eggs in the sand. The blue iguana is characterized as a diurnal herbivore skilled in climbing and easily adaptable to various surroundings.

The Blue Iguana has an overall length between 40”-60” (101.6-152.4 cm), body width of 3.94”-5.91” (10-15 cm), body height of 4.37”-6.5” (11.1-16.5 cm), and weight between 25-31 lb (11-14 kg). The typical lifespan of the Blue Iguana is between 25-69 years.

Set of scaled top and elevation drawings of the Blue Iguana
Also referred to as the Grand Cayman blue iguana, the blue iguana (Cyclura lewisi) is one of the larger species of lizard native to the Grand Cayman Island located in the Caribbean. The blue iguana’s skin color ranges from a blueish green to a darker gray that blends into its rocky environment.

The Blue Iguana has an overall length between 40”-60” (101.6-152.4 cm), body width of 3.94”-5.91” (10-15 cm), body height of 4.37”-6.5” (11.1-16.5 cm), and weight between 25-31 lb (11-14 kg). The typical lifespan of the Blue Iguana is between 25-69 years.

Set of scaled top and elevation drawings of the Blue Iguana
Blue Iguana (Cyclura lewisi)
Height:
4.37”-6.5” | 11.1-16.5 cm
Width:
3.94”-5.91” | 10-15 cm
Length:
40”-60” | 101.6-152.4 cm
Depth:
Weight:
25-31 lb | 11-14 kg
Area:
Scientific Name
Cyclura lewisi
Lifespan
25-69 years

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Blue Iguana top view, side

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Veiled Chameleon (Chamaeleo calyptratus)
Comparison illustration of the size of a Veiled Chameleon to other lizards

The veiled chameleon (Chamaeleo calyptratus) is a kind of chameleon endemic to Yemen and Saudi Arabia. Its common habitats range from mountains to valleys, living in the treetops and utilizing its tail and toes to grip onto branches. Its most prominent feature is a cone-like growth called a casque located on its neck that acts as a water catcher. It typically has a blue-green coloration with color changes occurring due to reproduction, stress, etc. The brightness of its color is also dependent on the sex of the chameleon as well as its social status.

The Veiled Chameleon has an overall length between 14”-24” (35.6-61 cm), body width of 2.36”-3.94” (6-10 cm), body height of 2.4”-4.33” (6.1-11 cm), and weight between 3-6 oz (85-170 g). The typical lifespan of the Veiled Chameleon is between 3-8 years.

Scaled collection of drawings of Veiled Chameleon in various poses
The veiled chameleon (Chamaeleo calyptratus) is a kind of chameleon endemic to Yemen and Saudi Arabia. Its common habitats range from mountains to valleys, living in the treetops and utilizing its tail and toes to grip onto branches. Its most prominent feature is a cone-like growth called a casque.

The Veiled Chameleon has an overall length between 14”-24” (35.6-61 cm), body width of 2.36”-3.94” (6-10 cm), body height of 2.4”-4.33” (6.1-11 cm), and weight between 3-6 oz (85-170 g). The typical lifespan of the Veiled Chameleon is between 3-8 years.

Scaled collection of drawings of Veiled Chameleon in various poses
Veiled Chameleon (Chamaeleo calyptratus)
Height:
2.4”-4.33” | 6.1-11 cm
Width:
2.36”-3.94” | 6-10 cm
Length:
14”-24” | 35.6-61 cm
Depth:
Weight:
3-6 oz | 85-170 g
Area:
Scientific Name
Chamaeleo calyptratus
Lifespan
3-8 years

Drawings include:

Veiled Chameleon top view, side

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Armadillo Lizard (Ouroborus cataphractus)
Comparison drawing of the Armadillo Lizard compared to other lizards

Also called the armadillo girdled lizard, the armadillo lizard (Ouroborus cataphractus) is a kind of lizard commonly found in the western parts of South Africa. Best known for its defensive adaptation, the armadillo lizard rolls into a ball by taking its tail in its mouth. This position, which gives this lizard its name, protects its underbelly when threatened while exposing the hard scales and spines along its head, body, and tail. It will hold this posture until the danger passes. Characterized as diurnal and territorial, the armadillo lizard inhabits the crevices of rocks in groups where the males are noted to protect these territories.

The Armadillo Lizard has an overall length between 3”-3.5” (7.5-9 cm), body width of .6”-.8” (1.5-2 cm), body height of .39”-.55” (1-1.4 cm), and weight between 1.8-3.5 oz (50-100 g). The typical lifespan of the Armadillo Lizard is between 10-25 years.

Set of scaled top and elevation drawings of the Armadillo Lizard
Also called the armadillo girdled lizard, the armadillo lizard (Ouroborus cataphractus) is a kind of lizard commonly found in the western parts of South Africa. Best known for its defensive adaptation, the armadillo lizard rolls into a ball by taking its tail in its mouth.

The Armadillo Lizard has an overall length between 3”-3.5” (7.5-9 cm), body width of .6”-.8” (1.5-2 cm), body height of .39”-.55” (1-1.4 cm), and weight between 1.8-3.5 oz (50-100 g). The typical lifespan of the Armadillo Lizard is between 10-25 years.

Set of scaled top and elevation drawings of the Armadillo Lizard
Armadillo Lizard (Ouroborus cataphractus)
Height:
.39”-.55” | 1-1.4 cm
Width:
.6”-.8” | 1.5-2 cm
Length:
3”-3.5” | 7.5-9 cm
Depth:
Weight:
1.8-3.5 oz | 50-100 g
Area:
Scientific Name
Ouroborus cataphractus
Lifespan
10-25 years

Drawings include:

Armadillo Lizard top view, side

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