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"No wonder "Little Orphan Annie" was fond of mentioning lizards - they're miniature dinosaurs with a variety of amusing traits and characteristics. Check out some of the special abilities of these fascinating reptiles."
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The Draco genus of lizards is named after the Latin word for "dragon". What dragonesque ability do Draco lizards possess?
Their blood is poisonous.
They breathe fire.
They can "fly".
They can kill with a swipe of their tails.
Most lizards are harmless, adorable creatures, but lizards in the genus Heloderma pack a potent bite. On which continent are these venomous lizards found?
What are glass lizards missing that most lizards have?
When faced with a threat, what special escape ability do lizards such as basilisks and collared lizards have?
They can turn their bodies inside out, making them nearly invisible.
They can change their shape to resemble a rock.
They have spikes on their heads that detach and can be launched at predators.
They can run on two legs.
Thorny devil lizards are native to the Australian deserts where water is scarce. What special ability does the thorny devil possess to help it obtain water?
It can stab other lizards with its spines and drain their blood.
It can detect underground aquifers.
It can collect water on its back and channel it to its mouth.
It can extract water from sand.
In an example of evolution in action, what difference has been observed in Australian yellow-bellied three-toed skinks that live in high elevations versus those that live in low elevations?
They give birth to live young as opposed to laying eggs.
They live in trees as opposed to living in burrows.
They have grown fur coats.
They eat rabbits as opposed to eating insects.
When being pursued, several species of lizards have a special way of distracting their predators. What do they drop?
Pellets with a skunk-like smell
A slick, oily secretion
The night lizard species of the Mohave Desert in the southwestern United States exhibits an unusual behavior for cold-blooded animals. What human-like behavior is it?
They eat junk food.
They use utensils for eating.
They live in families.
They brush their teeth.
Geico insurance company was wise to pick a gecko for its advertising campaign. What feature or ability do geckos possess that would make them good spokesmen?
They have vocal cords.
They are known for hamming it up on camera.
They can do basic mathematical calculations.
Their skin is phosphorescent and glows on camera.
The Leiolepis ngovantrii is one of a few species of lizards for which reproduction is a lonely business. What is unusual about these liberated lizards?
They only lay one egg in their lifetime.
They're all females.
They die after laying their eggs.
The males are eaten by the females after mating.
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