South American Swifts
Liolaemus spp. This care information is suitable for Oplurus and Chalarodon, the arboreal Madagascar swifts and spinytailed lizards, sometimes called Madagascar iguanas.
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South American swifts, iguanid members of of the Tropiduridae, can be found throughout the southern part of South America, with populations stretching upwards along the two coasts. There are 40-50 species in this genus, with different species found in numerous types of habitats, but mostly ranging from heavy forests to dry, rocky areas; some may be found in deserts, while others inhabit the cooler, moister montane forests. (The Liolaemus magellanicus, living in Tierra del Fuego, is the most southern-dwelling reptile of all.)
Liolaemus may grow to 10 inches (25 cm). They are slender bodied with long tails (usually twice the body length) and a broad, blunt head. Compactly built. The scales of the back are large and shingled; in some species, they may be keeled. The ground color is usually brown, though some with gray or green may be found. Markings are varied, and usually consist of light and dark stripes and spots. They do not have a dorsal crest.
A Semi-Annotated Bibliography and Taxonomy of the Liolaeminae (Etheridge and Espinoza)
TIGR Reptile Database: Tropiduridae: Liolaemus
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