Leapin’ Lizards!
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Background Lizards are reptiles. They might look like snakes but they have four legs. Lizards have scaly skin, moveable eyelids, and ear openings on the sides of their heads. All lizards have tails, and some can re-grow their tails if they lose them. They are cold-blooded, so they must live where it is warm.

How to use this activity Click each numbered spot on the map to reveal information and a photo of a lizard that lives in that region.

1. Chameleon

The chameleon can change its color to blend in with its surroundings. Chameleons have very good eyesight and can see small insects from long distances. Their super-long tongues move faster than the human eye can see.

2. Green Anole

Green anoles are found in the Southeastern United States and the Caribbean. Males have a pink extension below the chin called a dewlap that they display to get attention. Anoles eat spiders, cockroaches, and other bugs, so they provide very good natural pest control!

3. Green Iguana

Green iguanas live in the warm climate of the rainforest. Their skin is scaly and colorful and their spines seem to have spokes. They have very good vision for traveling through dense forest and finding food. They eat only plants, not insects or other living creatures.

4. Gecko

Geckos first lived in Asia, but today they live all over the world. Geckos "talk" to each other with scratchy chirps and clicks that sound a little bit like their name. There aren't many lizards that make sounds.

5. Green Basilisk

Green basilisks live in tropical zones like the Amazon Rainforest region of South America. They can run across water on their two back feet. After they travel about 15 feet, they lower themselves into the water to swim.

6. Tegu

The tegu is a rather large lizard and can grow to about four feet long. Tegus eat insects, bird eggs, fruit, plants, and even mice! They are pretty smart, too, and make good pets because they become attached to their owners.

7. Blue-tongued Skink

Blue-tongued skinks grow to about 18 inches long. Their diet includes vegetation and little, slow-moving creatures. Blue-tongued skinks have short legs and cannot move quickly. They flash that blue tongue to scare away other animals that might want to eat them!