Fireflies are actually highly toxic, especially if your pet eats them; Lizards, birds, and amphibians are particularly at risk and just eating one firefly can kill them. animalplanet.com/pets/oth…
There's a species of scorpion that loses its tail when threatened, just like a lizard. Trouble is, its anus is located at the end of its tail, meaning it may survive for up to eight months sans anus, and without ever defecating again nationalgeographic.com/sc…
Lyme Disease is far less prevalent in the west coast of the US thanks, in part, to the Western Fence Lizard which carries a protein that cures the disease in the ticks that bite them, thereby reducing the probability of infection to humans and other tick hosts. bioone.org/journals/journ…
Some feral cats in Australia eat staggering numbers of reptiles. Researchers found many examples of single cats bingeing on lizards, with a record of 40 individual lizards in a single cat stomach. phys.org/news/2018-06-aus…
Biologists have observed a lizard lay eggs and give birth to live young in the same pregnancy for the first time. sydney.edu.au/news-opinio…
In the bible it states you must break any clay pot you find a dead lizard in. web.mit.edu/jywang/www/ce…
A hobbit-like human ancestor was found in Asia. Scientists have found skeletons of a human species that grew no larger than a three-year-old modern child. The species lived with pygmy elephants and giant lizards on a remote island in Indonesia. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
To call someone a monitor lizard in thailand is one of the worst insults or curses in the thai language. so much that people have been killed over it and a politician who called protesters this made front page news. it's so offensive its basically banned in broadcast media. bangkokpost.com/life/soci…
Most Lizards and Alligators have Two Penises api.nationalgeographic.co…
Today I learned of "Tuatara", reptiles native to New Zealand and the sole surviving member of its order, which originated in the Triassic period 240 M yrs ago. They are related to lizards and snakes but have unusual features such as they don't have external ears, and have a third eye on the top of their head. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tua…
Today I learned about Ol' Rip the Horned Toad. In 1897, a horned lizard was placed in a time capsule located in the Courthouse of Eastland, Texas along with other memorabilia. When the Courthouse was torn down 31 years later, the capsule was opened and Ol' Rip supposedly came back alive. He became a celebrity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ol%…
New Mexico whiptail lizard is an all female species. Their eggs develop without being fertilized and all of their offspring are female. By nature, they only have same-sex relationship. researchfrontiers.uark.ed…
The head of a tiny dinosaur that lived nearly 100 million years ago was found trapped in amber. The head of Oculudentavis khaungraae ("eye-tooth bird") is 14mm long with large eye sockets like modern lizards and upper and lower jaws full of sharp teeth, the most found on any ancestral bird. sciencemag.org/news/2020/…
The Texas Horned Lizard can shoot blood from its eyes youtube.com/watch?v=xodVc…
Western Fence Lizard's blood kills Lyme Disease in the gut of ticks, making the ticks unable to contaminate humans. Eastern Fence Lizard's blood doesn't do this, which is why the East Coast has more cases of Lyme Disease. goldcountrymedia.com/news…
Non-sexual procreation is widespread in the animal kingdom. Even snakes, sharks, and lizards are reportedly capable of parthenogenesis, or virgin birth. bbc.com/earth/story/20151…
The destruction wrought by hurricanes results in lizards with strong toes, thanks to natural selection smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Crocodiles and alligators are more closely related to birds than they are to lizards or snakes. science.sciencemag.org/co…
Ontario, Canada has a native Lizard called the Five-Lined Skink. ontarionature.org/program…
Turtles and lizards are more closely related to birds than they are to each other. news.yale.edu/2014/05/05/…
Common kingsnakes (Lampropeltis getula) are notorious ophiophages, and will consume rattlesnakes as readily as they will garter snakes. Immune to the venom of native pit vipers and capable of consuming a snake nearly as long as they are, kingsnakes also consume frogs, lizards, turtles & rodents. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kin…
In the 1987 film Predator, the monster was originally designed to look like a giant bug-eyed lizard thing and was actually played by Jean-Claude Van Damme. The monster scenes were later reshot with the new predator designed by Stan Winston. movieweb.com/predator-mov…
In June 2013, a fossil analysis discovered a large lizard in Myanmar. The extinct reptile was given the moniker Barbaturex morrisoni in honor of Morrison. "This is a king lizard, and he was the lizard king, so it just fit," said Jason Head, a paleontologist at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
There is an all-female species of lizard, called the desert grassland whiptail lizard, which reproduces asexually. inaturalist.org/guide_tax…
The New Mexico whiptail lizard is an all-female species. Their eggs grow without fertilization and all the offspring are female. They also have female-female courtships. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
Today I learned about the unofficial saint of handguns, St Gabriel Possenti who save a town from RedShirts by shooting a lizard on the road en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gab…
The Horny Toad of the American Southwest is not a toad at all. It is not related to toads or frogs. In fact, it isn't even an amphibian. It is a lizard. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hor…
The African Spiny Mouse can release it's skin (like a lizard releases it's tail) on attack and completely regrow it. This feature, which is called autotomy, has given hope for replicating regeneration capabilities in humans. The African Spiny Mouse is the only known mammal, to do this. npr.org/2012/09/26/161817…
There are legless lizards. They look and move like snakes, but have distinct features that make it a lizard. youtu.be/TjDpvC9Xh0Y
When threatened horned lizards squirt blood from their eye sockets at their enemies, scaring any predator enough for the lizard to escape. earthtouchnews.com/wtf/wt…
Teddy Roosevelt had a menagerie of pets while serving as president, including, but not limited to; Baron Spreckle (a hen), Jonathan Edwards (a small black bear), Josh (a badger), Tom Quartz and Slippers (cats), Bill (a laughing hyena a gift from Emperor Menelik ), and Bill the Lizard. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Legless Lizards are a thing that are possessing eyelids, possessing external ear openings, lack of broad belly scales, notched rather than forked tongue, having two, more-or-less equal, lungs and/or having a very long tail en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leg…
Today I learned of Slowworms and legless lizards. A category if reptiles which are not related to snakes and independently lost their limbs. They have a number of different features from snakes, such as more developed ears and eyes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ang…
Today I learned of the class of lizards classified as "legless." As in, they're literally legless. They differ from snakes as the arose from a completely different evolutionary pathway. californiaherps.com/lizar…
When confronted, short-horned lizards shoot streams of blood from the corner of their eyes as a defense mechanism. nationalgeographic.com/an…
Ninety-nine per cent of crocodile offspring are eaten in the first year after birth, by large fish, herons, monitor lizards and adult crocodiles. telegraph.co.uk/news/eart…
The rainbow grasshopper (Dactylotum bicolor) is native to the United States, Canada and northern Mexico. When threatened, it exhibits aposematism or warning coloration to mimic brightly colored stinkbugs which lizards avoid. Studies show that birds find rainbow grasshoppers to be distasteful. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dac…
When threatened, Horned Lizards shoot blood out of their eyes. asknature.org/strategy/ey…
If a tail shed by a lizard as a decoy was not eaten by the chasing predator (and the lizard gets away too) the lizard would return to eat its own tail. Turns out the shed tail is a great source of fat to regain the energy lost in its getaway. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
A majority of the "snakes" from the snake pit scene in Indiana Jones aren't actually snakes. The film used a species of legless lizards known as the sheltopusik. mcwetboy.net/snakesonfilm…
There's an extinct lizard named after The Doors' singer Jim Morrison bbc.com/news/science-envi…
The "Spider-Man Lizard" or the Mwanza flat-headed rock agama is found in Tanzania, Rwanda, and Kenya. Only the male is so brightly colored: head, neck, and shoulders are bright red, while the body is dark shiny blue. Males preferably have around five breeding partners and are highly territorial. amusingplanet.com/2012/04…
Some lizards can discard their tail in self-defence. Some will return to a dropped tail after the threat has passed, and will eat it to recover part of the sacrificed supplies. Some species have been observed to attack rivals and grab their tails, which they eat after their opponents flee. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aut…
The rhinoceros iguana (Cyclura cornuta) is a threatened species of lizard primarily found on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola shared by the Republic of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Its name derives from the bony plated pseudo-horn on its head which resembles the horn of a rhinoceros. animals.fandom.com/wiki/R…
Some lizards do push-ups as a mating ritual. youtube.com/watch?v=3JfU1…
The Asian Tokay gekko was nicknamed the "f you lizard" by American GIs during the Vietnam War due to its distinct mating call en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tok…
There is a species of lizards in Mexico and the Southwest United States that can produce offspring without male fertilization scientificamerican.com/ar…
/ the actress who played Annie in the 1982 movie of the same name now fronts a band called Leapin’ Lizards. biography.com/news/annie-…

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