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These members of the family Tropiduridae (subfamily Leiocephalinae) originate in the Antilles, ranging from from Cuba to Trinidad. There are presently 28 species, including:
The lizards are typically found in open forests, rocky steppes, and on sandy beaches. In size, the species range from 15-35 cm (6-14"). Strongly built, with tail longer than snout-vent length. Dorsal scales are large, shingled, and strongly keeled. They may have dorsal and caudal crests.
Tail may be whipped or curled up when excited.
Diurnal, oviparous ground-dwellers that feed mainly on arthropods.
Night temps should not drop below 20 C (68 F).
Care as for Leiolepis (butterfly agama).
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