Significance to humans

Anguids are in no way dangerous to humans and do not have commercial value outside the pet trade. As with all lizard groups, some anguids are erroneously believed to be venomous. Some people mistakenly think that the regenerated tail tip in Ophisaurus is a stinger.

Alligator Lizards

1. Montane alligator lizard (Mesaspis monticola); 2. Texas alligator lizard (Gerrhonotus liocephalus); 3. Coban alligator lizard (Abronia aurita); 4. Celestus hylaius; 5. Moroccan glass lizard (Ophisaurus koellikeri); 6. California legless lizard (Anniella pulchra). (Illustration by John Megahan)

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