Alligator lizards galliwasps glass lizards and relatives

(Anguidae)

Class Reptilia Order Squamata Suborder Sauria Family Anguidae

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Small to large lizards with elongated bodies; dorsal and ventral scales reinforced by underlying bone (osteoderms); and, in many species, reduced or absent limbs

Size

Number of genera, species

14 genera; 112 species

Habitat

Coastal dunes, desert, grasslands, chaparral, pine flatwoods, cloud forest, pine-oak forest, tropical wet forest, and paramo (high-altitude habitat that is cold, wet, and dominated by grasses and shrubs)

Conservation status

Extinct: 1 species; Critically Endangered: 3 species; Endangered: 1 species; Vulnerable: 1 species

Distribution

North, Central, and South America; the Greater and Lesser Antilles; Europe; North Africa; southwestern Asia; and Southeast Asia, including the islands of the Sunda Shelf

Distribution

North, Central, and South America; the Greater and Lesser Antilles; Europe; North Africa; southwestern Asia; and Southeast Asia, including the islands of the Sunda Shelf

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