Teiids are strictly New World lizards, distributed from the northern United States and through Mexico, Central America, and South America, except the extreme southern cone beyond approximately 45° latitude. Teiids, especially Ameiva and Cne-midophorus occur on many Caribbean islands. Teiids are widespread east of the Andes in South America and occur in the interandean valleys and coastal areas of Peru and southern Ecuador (e.g., Dicrodon, Callopistes flavipunctatus, and Ameiva). Callopistes maculatus occurs from northern to central Chile. Dracaena guianensis is Amazonian, whereas Dracaena paraguayensis inhabits the Pantanal ecoregion in Brazil, Bolivia, and Paraguay.

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