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Little Bahama Curly-tailed Lizard

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The Little Bahama Curly-tailed Lizard (Leiocephalus carinatus armouri) is a subspecies of the Cuban or Northern Curly-tailed Lizard (Leiocephalus carinatus). The Little Bahama Curly-tailed Lizard is native to the Bahamas, particularly to Little Bahama Bank. In the early 1940's, the Little Bahama Lizard (and other subspecies of the Cuban or Northern Curly-tailed Lizard) were introduced into Florida's southeastern coast. Over the past 60 years the lizards have rapidly spread, although they are not considered an invasive species of southern Florida. Little Bahama Curly-tailed Lizard are common, and are not listed as endangered or as needing protection from international trade.

The Little Bahama Curly-tailed Lizard varies from 7 to 10.5 inches in total length. They have rough scales, and vary from grey to brown in colour. The Little Bahama Lizard's body will be darker in colour, with dark spots and light stripes on their backs. They will have dark bands down their tails, lighter sides, and an underside that is a smooth cream colour.

The Little Bahama Curly-tailed Lizard is an alert, fast lizard, but may bury itself in the sand when it feels threatened. The average lifespan of a curly tailed lizard is approximately 10 years. The Little Bahama Curly-tailed Lizard is ground dwelling, although it can climb. They are often found basking on loose rubble or rocks near the ocean, but are also at home in more densely populated areas, such as the city. The Little Bahama Curly-tailed Lizard is also omnivorous.

Little Bahama Curly-tailed Lizard Classification

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Reptilia
  • Order: Squamata
  • Suborder: Sauria
  • Family: Leiocephalidae
  • Genus: Leiocephalus
  • Species: Carinatus
  • Subspecies: Armouri
 
 
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