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World Lizard Day

10 Cool Facts About Lizards

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 written and photographed by Mika Miller

It’s World Lizard Day! To celebrate here are 10 amazing facts about lizards.

1. Crocodile skinks are one of the few lizard species that can vocalize or cry out when in trouble.


2. Crested geckos do not have eyelids. In order to keep their eyes free of dirt, they lick them.


3. Cuban Iguanas are omnivores. They eat fruit, flowers, insects, and snails. Young Cuban iguanas eat more insects and shift to eating 95 percent vegetation as they age.


4. Sailfin dragons are able to run across water on their hind legs for short distances. They are also able to stay submerged in water for up to an hour.


5. Tegus enjoy digging in dirt and soaking in warm baths. They are active during the day and burrow at night.


6. The Rhacodactylus leachianus is one of the largest gecko species in the world. They grow to be between 14 and 17 inches long.


7. Chinese tree dragons are insectivores. They eat any insect that will fit in their mouth including termites, ants, worms, and flies.


8. Caiman lizards have a clear third eyelid that they can close when they are underwater. This eyelid allows the lizard to see underwater and acts as goggles so that they can hunt for food such as tasty snails, clams, and crawfish.


9. A Gecko’s tail can store food and water. The gecko uses this energy when food is scarce.


10. Green tree monitors have a prehensile tail that acts like a fifth foot.


You can find all of these awesome lizards throughout the Aquarium!

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