Reptile

Alligator Lizard

Area: 
U.S. and Mexico
Habitat: 
Grasslands, chaparral, woodlands, and forests
Food: 
Insects, spiders, snails, tadpoles, sometimes other lizards
Size: 
3 to 7¼ inches long from nose to base of tail
Babies: 
Hatchlings take care of themselves from the moment they hatch.
An alligator lizard’s tail can be twice as long as its body.
A Terrific Tail

 

Scales and a flat, wedged-shaped head aren’t the only things this lizardAnimal that has a long, scaly body, four legs (usually), and a long tail. It is cold-blooded and has a backbone. has in common with an alligator. It is also a good swimmer! If water is nearby when an alligator lizardAnimal that has a long, scaly body, four legs (usually), and a long tail. It is cold-blooded and has a backbone. feels threatened, it dives in and swims away! And although they aren’t as big as a gator’s, this lizardAnimal that has a long, scaly body, four legs (usually), and a long tail. It is cold-blooded and has a backbone.’s teeth can give a painful bite.

 

An alligator lizardAnimal that has a long, scaly body, four legs (usually), and a long tail. It is cold-blooded and has a backbone.’s long tail is slightly prehensileRefers to a body part that can be used like a hand for grasping or holding.. The reptileA cold-blooded, air-breathing animal that has a backbone. Reptiles have dry, scaly skin. They move by either creeping on short legs or crawling on their bellies. Most reproduce by laying eggs. uses it to grip branches as it climbs trees to hunt spiders and insects. Its tail is helpful on the ground, too, but in a different way. If a predatorAn animal that hunts and kills other animals for its food. tries to grab it, an alligator lizardAnimal that has a long, scaly body, four legs (usually), and a long tail. It is cold-blooded and has a backbone.'s tail can break off. The tail wiggles around, distracting the predatorAn animal that hunts and kills other animals for its food. while the lizardAnimal that has a long, scaly body, four legs (usually), and a long tail. It is cold-blooded and has a backbone. runs away to hide. The lizardAnimal that has a long, scaly body, four legs (usually), and a long tail. It is cold-blooded and has a backbone. can grow a new tail, but it takes many weeks.