Blue Spiny Lizard

Blue Spiny Lizard (12) web

Closely related to the iguana, the blue spiny lizard sports sharp, pointy scales for defense. It also relies on camouflage to keep from being seen. When it’s time to win a mate, however, males will show off their blue throats and underbellies.

African Fat-Tailed Gecko

African Fat-tailed Gecko

During the dry, summer season, the African fat-tailed gecko estivates, or remains inactive, within a burrow. It can survive lean times off the fat stored in its tail. During active seasons, the gecko emerges from its burrow at night to hunt for insects.

Ornate Monitor

ornate monitor

The ornate monitor pretty much eats whatever it can catch, or in the case of carrion, whatever it can sniff out. Sometimes two monitors will team up to make a meal. One distracts a mother crocodile or bird from its nest, while the other robs the nest of its eggs.

White-throated Monitor

white throated monitor web

The white-throated monitor spends its day patrolling the savanna, seeking out small animals with its scent-detecting tongue. During the hottest part of the day, it shades itself under tree roots or uses its strong claws to dig out a resting den. If threatened, the monitor puffs up its body and lashes with its powerful tail.

Black Tree Monitor

black tree monitor

The black tree monitor is designed for a life in the trees, with long curved claws, sticky soles, and a long prehensile tail that serves as a fifth limb. It has longer teeth than do other monitors, which may enable it to more efficiently capture prey in the canopy.

Blue-tongued Skink

blue tounged skink

Flicking its tongue as many as 300 times per hour, the skink tongue picks up airborne biochemical particles given off by food, predators, mates, and so on. It also sticks out its striking blue tongue to startle and distract predators.

Solomon Island Skink

solomon island skink web

The largest skink species, the Solomon Island skink is unique among skinks for its arboreal and herbivorous lifestyle. It uses its muscular legs and sharp claws to climb trees as a prehensile tail grasps branches and limbs while foraging for leaves at night.

Quince Monitor

quince monitor

Only known to science since 1997, the quince monitor’s wild habits remain mysterious. In captivity, they swim and dive readily, suggesting that they may be found in swamps as well as forest. With sharp claws, the quince monitor is also a good climber.

Komodo Dragon

komodo web

Emerging from its burrow, a Komodo dragon starts out the day with a soak in the sun. Then it sets off on a hunt for food, perhaps a deer or wild pig. With its belly full, the lizard takes a break during the midday heat before the search for supper begins.

Madagascar Giant Day Gecko

day gecko

Madagascar giant day geckos blend in among the leaves as they lie in wait for small prey such as insects, crabs, scorpions, and spiders. They will also eat fruit and lick honey. Condensation on leaves provides drinking water.