World Lizard Day

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2022 Date14 August 2022
2023 Date14 August 2023
World Lizard Day

World Lizard Day History

World Lizard Day seeks to celebrate reptiles, specifically lizards. Lizards are both predators and prey, making them critical to the ecosystem. They eat insects and rodents, while being food for birds. Lizards have been around for more than 250 million years. They typically live in deserts, forests, and rocky warm areas.

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World Lizard Day Facts

  • According to, in 2020 there were about 6,900 different lizard species in the world. Lizards can be found on every continent except Antarctica.
  • The largest lizard in the world is the Komodo dragon. It can grow up to 10 ft long and weigh close to 150 pounds. The smallest lizard in the world is the tiny gecko. It grows between 0.55-0.71 inches and weighs .13 grams.
  • The Gila Monster is one of the only lizard species in the world with a venom that is toxic to humans. They are native to Utah, Nevada and parts of Mexico.

World Lizard Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Visit your local zoo. See animals from different regions and be sure to catch the reptiles and lizards.
  • Visit a reptile shop and find a scaly friend to take home. Reptile shops are similar to pet shops but they cater specifically to reptiles and lizards. Find a species that interests you and ask how to properly care for it.
  • Watch a documentary about lizards. Here are our suggestions:
    The Strange World of Lizards
    PBS Nova Lizard Kings
    Into the Forest: Reptiles & Amphibians

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