Microteiids

(Gymnophthalmidae)

Class Reptilia Order Squamata Suborder Lacertiformes Family Gymnopthalmidae

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Small, terrestrial, egg-laying lizards, usually fully limbed but some with reduced limbs, most of which are secretive inhabitants of the tropical forest floor

Size

Adults are less than 2.3 in (60 mm) in snout-vent length

Number of genera, species

36 genera; 175+ species

Habitat

Microteiids are usually found in leaf litter or under logs in tropical forests; several species live in wet areas and escape into the water

Conservation status

Not listed by IUCN

Distribution

Neotropical, ranging from southern Mexico to north-central Argentina east of the Andes, including Caribbean islands

Distribution

Neotropical, ranging from southern Mexico to north-central Argentina east of the Andes, including Caribbean islands

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