Today at Light Future Art, we’re going to share some interesting, unique facts about different species of lizards from all over the world!
1. The smallest lizard in the world is the Dwarf gecko, which, fully grown, is less than an inch long. The largest species of lizard in the world is the Komodo dragon. Adult Komodo dragons are usually around 10 feet long.
2. There are between 5,000 and 6,000 species of lizards in the world that we know of today. They live on all continents except for Antarctica. Not only do they not live there because of the extremely cold temperatures, but they would not be able to survive Antarctic winters when there is no sunlight, as lizards depend on the sun to live.
3. The only species of lizard in the world who can swim in the Marine Galapagos Lizard. They can hold their breath for up to an hour and need to swim in order to scrape the algae they eat off of rocks.
4. Mammals aren’t the only ones to have live young. Some lizards, such as skinks, also give birth to their offspring. No matter if the baby lizards are born or hatch, though, they are self-sufficient from the moment they come into the world.
5. Some lizards, though not all, can see in color vision. One such lizard is the iguana. To learn more about iguanas, go here!
6. Basilisk lizards have frills on their feet which allow them to temporarily run across the surface of the water. Because of this ability, they are also nicknamed “Jesus Christ lizards”.
7. Only two species of lizards are venomous: the Gila monster and the Mexican beaded lizard. Go here to read more about Gila monsters!
8. Lizards are very difficult to provide for as pets. Those who have lizards need to always keep them under a heat lamp that is at least 95 degrees Fahrenheit. They also are recommended to provide live insects for their lizards to catch.
9. Most species of lizards don’t require any water to drink to survive. That’s because they absorb water through their food. Some lizards may never drink any water in their entire life.
10. About 50 species of lizard experience asexual reproduction. In these cases, it is that females are able to reproduce without any males. This is probably because, in these species of lizards, scarcity of male lizards is common.
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