Whiptail lizards tegus and relatives

(Teiidae)

Class Reptilia Order Squamata Suborder Lacertiformes Family Teiidae

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Medium to large-sized diurnal, actively foraging, egg-laying, terrestrial lizards with well-developed limbs, long tails, and rectangular scales on the belly

Size

2-24 in (55-600 mm) snout-to-vent length; 5-51 in (120-1,300 mm) total length

Number of genera, species

9 genera; 18 species

Habitat

Forest, savanna, desert, and grassland Conservation status

Extinct: 2 species; Critically Endangered: 1 species; Vulnerable: 1 species; Data Deficient: 2 species

Distribution

Middle North America (45° north) to southern South America (40° south), including Caribbean islands

Distribution

Middle North America (45° north) to southern South America (40° south), including Caribbean islands

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