Lizards

Find out everything there is to know about lizards and stay updated on the latest lizard news with the comprehensive articles, interactive features and pictures of lizards at LiveScience.com. Learn more about these fascinating reptiles as scientists continue to make amazing discoveries about lizards.
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Monitor Lizards' Breathing May Have Evolved Before Dinosaurs
Monitor Lizard
December 11th, 2013
Monitor lizards breathe by taking in air that flows through their lungs in a one-way loop — a pattern of breathing that may have originated 270 million years ago in the ancestral group that gave rise to dinosaurs, and eventually alligators and birds.
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Once 'Extinct' Pinocchio Lizard Pokes His Nose Out
Pinocchio anoles were thought to be extinct for about 50 years before being recently rediscovered in the cloud forests of northwest Ecuador.
October 4th, 2013
The Pinocchio lizard has a long protuberance from its nose and is one of the rarest reptiles in Ecuador, once thought to be extinct. But a team has found and photographed the lizard after searching for three years.
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Odd-Looking Lizards More Diverse Than Thought
Plica Caribeana
November 27th, 2013
New study finds there’s more than one type of species of collared treerunner.
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Real-Life 'Lizard King' Named for Doors' Jim Morrison
Barbaturex morrisoni, the bearded king lizard of the Eocene.
June 4th, 2013
One of the largest lizards ever discovered gets a celebrity name.
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Fun Video: The Frilled Lizard's Funny Looking Escape Method
Bicycle Lizard
December 31st, 2012
The lizard opens its mouth wide and flares out its frills when it is frightened.
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Darwin Was Right: Island Animals Are Tamer
January 13th, 2014
Researchers have confirmed an observation made by Charles Darwin more than 150 years ago: That animals living on islands are tamer and less skittish than related animals living on the mainland.
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Are Legless Lizards Snakes?
The Bakersfield legless lizard (Anniella grinnelli), which today ranges from downtown Bakersfield in the southern San Joaquin Valley to the Carrizo Plain National Monument 30 miles to the west.
October 30th, 2013
No. Snakes are just the most successful of the many reptile lineages that went limbless, radiating over time into roughly 3,000 species that have exploited nearly every available habitat, from the treetops to the open ocean to the ground beneath our feet.
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