Knight Anole

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Large adhesive toe pads enable the anole to climb smooth vertical surfaces, a helpful adaptation for an animal that lives in the tops of trees. Knight anoles are native to Cuba and have been introduced to Florida.

Green Tree Monitor

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Specialized for an arboreal lifestyle, the green tree monitor’s slender body and long claws enable it to lie along slim tree branches without slipping. It also holds on by wrapping its long, prehensile tail around a tree branch. While most monitors are solitary, the green tree monitor hangs out in small groups.

Crocodile Monitor

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While the Komodo dragon may be the largest lizard, the crocodile monitor holds the title of longest lizard, thanks to a tail that is twice as long as its body. In addition to providing balance, the crocodile monitor’s long tail can be used like a whip to defend itself.

Blue Tree Monitor

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Scientists describe newly discovered species of monitors still today. The blue tree monitor, for example, was only just discovered in 2001 on the small Indonesian island of Batanta. Very little is known about its natural history.

Bearded Dragon

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This heavy-bodied lizard is named for the frilly beard of spines around the base of its jaws. It is most active during the day and often suns itself on rocky outcrops where it has a good view of its surroundings and potential predators. When threatened, it runs and hides in deep rock crevices.

Beaded Lizard

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The beaded lizard is one of only a few species of venomous lizards. Named for its bead-like bumpy texture, the beaded lizard uses its venom to paralyze its prey. The venom is injected through its grooved teeth by repeated biting.

Ackies Dwarf Monitor

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Also called the spiny-tailed monitor or ridge-tailed monitor, Ackies dwarf monitor has a long tail that is ringed with spines or ridges. Wedging its tail into a rock crevice, the spines help to hold the monitor in place and make it difficult for a predator to pull the lizard out.