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Lizards are generally considered helpful reptiles that eat common insect pests like flies, ants, and spiders. Of the approximate 6,000 lizard species known around the world, about 160 species are native to the North American region. Most lizard populations inhabit southern environments, although some species are able to survive in habitats as far north as Canada. Common lizards, both native and invasive, found in North America include skinks, geckos, anoles, and iguanas.
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While lizards come in many different shapes, sizes, and colors, they do share some common features, including rough, scaly skin, claws, and tails. They can be further distinguished by their ear openings and movable eyelids. The reptile grouping is also known for being able to detach their tails to escape danger, though not all species are capable of this.
Lizard diets vary depending on the particular species, though most of the reptiles feed on insects and small animals. For example, flies and crickets are a large part of gecko and chameleon diets, while iguanas enjoy vegetation such as fruits, mosses, and leaves.
Generally speaking, lizards are found in deserts, rocky regions, wooded areas, plains, and swamps. In climates with winter seasons, lizards will sleep during the cold weather only to reemerge as warmer temperatures return. Preferred environments have plentiful sources of food and shelter. Due mainly to their exotic-looking nature, lizards are popular pets. Species like the tegu lizard and green iguana are among the most common domestic lizards. They are considered invasive species in many places as their difficult care regimen results in pet owners releasing them into the wild.