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Free images of Lizards 

Many of these images have been photographed at and posted with the very kind permission 
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Lizards are squamate reptiles.  Squamate means having scales.  There are more than 5600 species that live all over the world - except Antarctica.  Unlike snakes, lizards usually have feet and external ears.

Lizards are part of the suborder Lacertilia, they include animals such as Chameleons, Geckos, Iguanas, etc.  

  Did you know....

that some lizards can detach their tails?  If a predator catches a lizard by the tail, he can just detach it and run away!  A very good ability to have!  This ability is called "autotomy" which means self-severing or self-amputation.  The lost tail usually grows back later.

 

Bearded Dragon

A Bearded Dragon's [Amphibolurus vitticeps] natural habitat is Australia where it lives in dry woodlands and deserts.  It spends most of its time in bushes and trees and taking sun on rocks.  When it gets too hot, the Bearded Dragon will burrow underground.  They are omnivores that are active during the day.

Favourite foods are insects, small lizards and mammals, fruit, flowers and plant material.

With no beard in sight, where does this lizard get its name?  When threatened, this lizard extends a scaly “beard” around its mouth.  It then opens its mouth to reveal a threatening yellow interior.  

 

The Bearded Dragon is located in the Australasia Section of the Toronto Zoo. 

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bearded dragon on rock at toronto zoo

Toronto Zoo Bearded Dragon - 1
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scales of bearded dragon at toronto zoo

Toronto Zoo Bearded Dragon - 2
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San Esteban Island Chuckwalla

So what's a Chuckwalla?

Chuckwallas are large lizards that are part of the Sauromalus genus, and part of the Iguanid family.  They are typically found in the arid regions of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico.

Sauromalus varius is commonly known as the San Esteban Island, Piebald, Pinto, Giant, or Painted Chuckwalla.  The name "Sauromalus" comes from Greek - "sauros" means lizard while "omalus" means flat.  "Varius" in Latin refers to its speckled appearance.

The San Esteban Chuckwalla lives only on the San Esteban Island in the Sea of Cortés and is protected under the Endangered Species Act.  It can grow up to 60 centimetres making it similar in size to its Iguana relatives.

 

The Bearded Dragon is located in the Americas Section of the Toronto Zoo. 

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San Esteban Island Chuckwalla

Toronto Zoo Chuckwalla - 1

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San Esteban Island Chuckwalla lizard

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Did you know... 

that the San Esteban Island Chuckwalla is the largest of the five species of Chuckwallas and is the most endangered.

 

Green Chuckwalla lizard

Toronto Zoo Chuckwalla - 3

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Did you know... 

that the San Esteban Island Chuckwalla is harmless to humans !?  It actually runs away from things it perceives to be a threat.   Because of their similar appearance, the San Esteban Island Chuckwalla has sometimes been mistaken for the poisonous Gila Monster.

 

San Esteban Island Chuckwalla lizard at Toronto Zoo

Toronto Zoo Chuckwalla - 4

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Common Ground Lizard

 

common ground lizard gecko

Common Ground Lizard - 1  or Gecko?  Photographed in Jamaica.

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common ground lizard green gecko

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common ground lizard green gecko

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Frilled Lizard

Typically, lizards use camouflage to hide from their enemies.  The Frilled Lizard [Chlamydosaurus kingii], however, has a “frill” or ruffle around his neck.  In the images below the frill is folded back along his neck.  Normally when threatened, the lizard will simply run off.  However, if scared, the lizard will face its predator and produce its best frightening display by opening its mouth and expanding its frill.  The frill opens  just like an umbrella. 

The Frilled Lizard is located in the Australasia Section of the Toronto Zoo. 

Want to know more?  Why not visit the Zoo’s website 
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read all about the Frilled Lizard here.

 

frilled lizard on branch toronto zoo

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Monkey-Tailed Skink

Skinks are a type of lizard which belong to the Scincidae family.  Skinks look very much like lizards however their legs are very small and their necks are not easily discernable.  Some species have no limbs at all, while others look and move more like snakes. 

Skinks are carnivores and a typical diet includes flies, crickets, grasshoppers, beetles, caterpillars, worms, slugs, etc.

The image below is of a Solomon Island monkey-tailed skink  [Corucia zebrata].

The Monkey-Tailed Skink is located in the Australasia Section of the Toronto Zoo. 

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read all about the Monkey-tailed Skink here.

 

monkey tailed skink toronto zoo green

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Remarkable
Reptiles !

In the Book "The lectures of Linnaeus concerning the Animal Kingdom", published about 100 years ago, Carl Linnaeus wrote in the beginning of his Chapter on Amphibia that animals in this Chapter are "the ugliest, most cruel and most poisoning".  He expressed that he was happy that our Creator put rather few of these animals into this class.  If there had been more, they would have hurt the other species.

Carl Linnaeus (1701-1778) was a Swedish botanist, physician and zoologist.  He is known as the father of taxonomy and the one who laid the foundations for our current biological naming scheme.

Did you know....

Reptiles breathe air!

Almost all reptiles lay shelled eggs!

 

Sensational 
Snakes !

 

 

 

 

 

Terrific Turtles !

 

 

 

Did you know...

The King Cobra is the largest venomous snake in the world.  It is 12 feet long! 

Frogs breathe with their lungs but also their skin!

 

 

 

 

 

Amazing Alligators !

 

 

Did you know...

Reptiles have holes instead of ears!

Reptiles today live on every continent except Antarctica!

Most reptiles have a 3-chambered heart!

 

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