Distribution

Xantusiidae is a strictly New World family. Members of Xantusia are found in the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. The Cuban night lizard occurs only in a small area on Cuba. The species of Lepidophyma are found from Nuevo Leon, Mexico, south to Panama. Xantusiids live from sea level to an elevation of more than 9,000 ft (2,700 m).

The granite night lizard (Xantusia henshawi) is active in rock crevices where it lives during the day, but is out on the rock surfaces at night. (Photo by Animals Animals © Zig Leszczynski. Reproduced by permission.)

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