Iguanidae

Class Reptilia Order Squamata Suborder Sauria Family Iguanidae

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Small to large lizards, the majority of which are terrestrial and oviparous, that are marked by pleurodont teeth, which lie in inner-jaw grooves rather than in sockets

Size

1.6-30 in (30-750 cm) in snout-vent length (svl), and some have tails reaching twice the svl

Number of genera, species

69 genera; approximately 900 species

Habitat

Diverse, with most species occurring either in arid locales or wooded habitats

Conservation status

Extinct: 2 species; Critically Endangered: 6 species; Endangered: 4 species; Vulnerable: 12 species; Lower Risk/Near Threatened: 1 species; Data Deficient: 17 species

Distribution

Mainly a New World family, extending into much of North America, throughout Central America, and into South America; some species exist in other areas, including Madagascar and the islands of Polynesia

Distribution

Mainly a New World family, extending into much of North America, throughout Central America, and into South America; some species exist in other areas, including Madagascar and the islands of Polynesia

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