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Northern Curly-tailed Lizard Leiocephalus carinatus


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Northern Curly-tailed Lizard
credit: IanarÈ SÈvi

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Alternate name: Carinate Curly-tailed Lizard

Family: Phrynosomatidae, Earless and Horned Lizards view all from this family

Description Keeled, pointed scales from crest to tail. Brownish/gray with bands and spotting. Speckled throat.

Dimensions 18-26.6cm. (7-10 1/2")

Subspecies Little Bahama Curly-tailed Lizard.

Breeding Breeds March-April. Lays eggs in summer.

Habitat Sunny areas with loose rubble and rock

Range Palm Beach, Florida. Originates from Bahamas and Cuba.

Discussion Active, robust lizard, it is mostly terrestrial and will retreat into a burrow or cavity when frightened. Diurnal. Terrestrial. Feeds on small prey. When trying to attract females, males will swing tail over back.