They live all over the world and come in many

shapes, sizes, and colors.
• Can a lizard change colors to match its
• Can a lizard’s tail really grow back?
• Which lizard runs on water?
• Do boy and girl lizards look the same?
• Why do lizards stick out their tongues?
• Can a lizard be a pet?
• Are lizards endangered?

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Front cover photo of veiled
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Marta Magellan

Activities include a lizards
crossword puzzle and a
lizard puppet that sticks
out his dewlap. (What’s a
dewlap? You’ll find out!)

Those Lively Lizards

Learn all about lizards.


Illustrations by Steve Weaver
Photographs by James Gersing

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and white tegu

Marta Magellan
Illustrated by Steve Weaver
Photographs by James Gersing

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Photo Credits
Photographs by James Gersing except: red-headed agama by Johann
Axelsson, basilisk lizard by Christopher Russell, crested gecko hatching by
James VanZetta—all three from istockphoto; green iguana with half tail in
Pantanal, Brazil, by Marta Magellan
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Magellan, Marta
  Those lively lizards / Marta Magellan ; photographs by James Gersing.-- 1st ed.
       p. cm.
  Includes bibliographical references and index.
  ISBN-13: 978-1-56164-426-1 (hardback : alk. paper)
  ISBN-13: 978-1-56164-427-8 (pbk. : alk. paper)
 1.  Lizards--Juvenile literature.  I. Gersing, James, ill. II. Title.
  QL666.L2M24 2008
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To Sophie, Leia, Rachel, and Julia

Special thanks to:
Dr. Larry Wilson, tropical herpetologist and professor
at Miami Dade College for evaluating the manuscript.
We are also grateful to: Tamian Wood for designing
and Mauro Magellan for illustrating the activities;
Linda Bernfeld along with all the members of the
Miami SCWBI critique group for their suggestions,
and Tracy Monique Magellan for assisting with
Also essential to the photographs in the book: Emily
Krapf and her friendly bearded dragons Kevin and
Drew, Noel Walter, Mike Barrera from Snakes at
Sunset, and the many friendly zookeepers at Miami
Metro Zoo.

1. What are lizards? 9
2. Why are lizards important? 11
3. How big are lizards? 13
4. Where do lizards live? 15
5. How do lizards escape? 17
6. Can a lizard’s tail really grow back? 19
7. Is it true lizards change colors to match
their surroundings? 21
8. What’s a gecko? 23
9. Why do some lizards look like little
dinosaurs? 25
10. Do lizards bite? 27
11. How are lizards born? 29
12. What do baby lizards look like? 31
13. Do lizards shed their skins like
snakes? 33
14. What do lizards eat? 35
15. Why do some lizards have funnylooking eyes? 37

16. Why do lizards stick out their
tongues? 39
17. Can a lizard be a pet? 41
18. Do boy and girl lizards look the
same? 43
19. Which lizard runs on water? 45
20. Are lizards endangered? 47

Lizard crossword puzzle 48
Follow the numbers chameleon 59
Anole puppet 51
Glossary 52
Where to learn more about lizards 53
About the author 54
Index 55

Green iguana

What are lizards?
Lizards are part of a large group
of reptiles, a class of animals with
mostly dry, horny scales. This group
includes iguanas, chameleons, geckos,
monitors, and skinks. Many of them
can leap, climb trees, and swim. One
even runs on water! Some of them look
like little dinosaurs. Others are like
little alligators. Some even remind you
of fierce storybook dragons. A long
time ago, when people saw lizards like
the bearded dragon, they thought they
were baby dragons!
There are over 4,500
species (types) of
lizards in the world.
Bet you can’t name
them all! 

Those Lively Lizards
Marta Magellan

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