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What Are Lizards?

Here the lovely waterside skink in Hong Kong, one of the lizards that lives in water and the streams of Hong Kong.

Lizards belong to the class Reptilia, and closely resemble snakes. There are some lizards who, like snakes, do not have legs, and these are called sheltopusiks. Lizards are the oldest inhabitants of the Earth, dating back about two hundred million years back.

Usually, lizards possess a tiny head, small neck and an elongated body which ends with the tail. Sounds like my old gym teacher! They can move their eyelids, which snakes cannot.

Comprising of iguanas, geckos, skinks, chameleons, Gila monsters, monitors, and the like, there are more than 4,675 species of lizards across the entire globe.

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