Wall lizards rock lizards and relatives

(Lacertidae)

Class Reptilia Order Squamata Suborder Sauria Family Lacertidae

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Small- to medium-sized diurnal, heliothermic, terrestrial lizards, all with well-developed legs and a tail usually much longer than the body

Size

Usually less than 8 in (20 cm), maximum around 20 in (50 cm)

Number of genera, species

28 genera; 225+ species

Habitat

Varied; most abundant in scrublands and desert, but also entering forest and montane grassland

Conservation status

Critically Endangered: 1 species; Endangered: 1 species; Vulnerable: 5 species

Distribution

Old World, throughout Africa, sub-Arctic Eurasia, and the northern East Indies

Distribution

Old World, throughout Africa, sub-Arctic Eurasia, and the northern East Indies

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