Lizards in Florida By: Tanya Rothe
There are many different varieties of lizards in Florida. There are a total of 20 types of lizards in the state of FL. This is due to their mostly sub-tropical climate zone. Most of the lizard species have their habitats out doors however, the gecko is commonly found in some of the resident's homes. The main diet of a Florida lizard is bugs. That is why many people enjoy having them around. They are a natural pest controller. You may find some of the lizards with skins of bright colors while others are the darker colors so that they can blend into their environment decreasing their chances of being lunch for a bigger predator.
Florida Lizard Photos & Pictures
One really interesting fact is that some of the Florida lizards can get up to 9 feet long while others can be quite small. The Mediterranean lizard has a scaly skin and usually gets up to around 12 centimeters in length. They are an interesting creature because they have the ability to change the color of their skin depending on the time of day. The Florida worm lizard has features similar to an earth worm and is a pinkish color. This lizard was found in the country around 60 million years ago, but since then has become extinct for the most part. The only area where it can be found is in Central Florida.
Interesting Facts about Lizards in Florida
- Worm lizards are usually 6-12 inches long
- Fence Lizards can be found around fence posts and rocks
- Central Florida is only place in entire world where sand skinks are found.
- Glass lizards don't have any legs and their tail is extremely fragile
- Rainbow lizards have very colorful skins and are not native to Florida