Lizards in Florida

Thanks to the ocean surrounding it on all sides, Florida maintains temperatures suitable for over 50 species of lizards. This doesn’t just include native species like the green anole, the eastern glass lizard, and the mole skink. Several invasive species have also made the “Sunshine State” their home.

Lizards in Florida

Lizards of Florida


  • Butterfly Lizard
  • Common Agama
  • Indo-Chinese Forest Lizard
  • Oriental Garden Lizard

American Legless Lizards

  • Eastern Glass Lizard
  • Island Glass Lizard
  • Mimic Glass Lizard
  • Slender Glass Lizard


  • Bark Anole
  • Brown Anole
  • Common Puerto Rican Anole
  • Crested Anole
  • Cuban Green Anole
  • Green Anole
  • Hispaniolan Green Anole
  • Hispaniolan Stout Anole
  • Jamaican Giant Anole
  • Knight Anole
  • Large-headed Anole

Basilisk Lizards

  • Brown Basilisk


Curlytail Lizards

  • Hispaniolan Curlytail Lizard
  • Northern Curlytail Lizard


  • Ashy Gecko
  • Bibron’s Thick-toed Gecko
  • Common House Gecko
  • Flat-tailed House Gecko
  • Florida Reef Gecko
  • Gold Dust Day Gecko
  • Golden Gecko
  • Indo-Pacific Gecko
  • Madagascan Day Gecko
  • Madagascan Giant Day Gecko
  • Mediterranean House Gecko
  • Mourning Gecko
  • Ocellated Gecko
  • Tokay Gecko
  • Tropical House Gecko
  • White-spotted Wall Gecko
  • Yellow-headed Gecko

Horned Lizards

  • Texas Horned Lizard


Monitor Lizards

North American Worm Lizards

  • Florida Worm Lizard


  • Broad-Headed Skink
  • Coal Skink
  • Common Five-lined Skink
  • Florida Sand Skink
  • Little Brown Skink
  • Mole Skink
  • Ocellated Skink
  • Rainbow Mabuya
  • Rough Mabuya
  • Southeastern Five-lined Skink

Spiny Lizards

  • Eastern Fence Lizard
  • Florida Scrub Lizard


  • Argentine Black-and-white Tegu

Whiptail Lizards

  • Giant Ameiva
  • Rainbow Whiptail
  • Six-lined Racerunner

Most Common Lizard: Brown Anole

Invasive Species: Common agama, green iguana, Argentine black-and-white tegu, brown anole, common house gecko, Mediterranean house gecko, black spiny-tailed iguana, Nile monitor, knight anole, tropical house gecko, tokay gecko, brown basilisk, veiled chameleon, northern curlytail lizard, etc.

Biggest Lizard: Argentine Black-and-white Tegu

Smallest Lizard: Florida Reef Gecko


1. Are there poisonous lizards in Florida?

None of the lizards in Florida are poisonous, but bites from some species can cause rashes and irritations.

2. Why does Florida have so many lizards?

Most of the species in the state are not native to Florida. They were either brought by settlers as pets or accidentally brought by traders. Thanks to the state’s tropical climate, most of these invasive species found Florida a suitable place where they could thrive.

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