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Bahamian Curly Tail

Leiocephalus carinatus armouri


These lizards are known for their Curly Tails hence the name, Curly Tail Lizard. They are a family of lizards which are widely popular throughout much of the Caribbean, but they are relatively unstudied.


Warm and wet jungles.


I don't have much information on the Curly Tail Lizard because biologists haven't found out much about them so there was no diet or behavior.

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TeresaTrumbleThomas 11 years ago

Around SOFL they are known as Florida rats. They are EVERYWHERE! However they do not tend to "infest" homes or businesses as rats are prone to do, they like the great outdoors.

I was curious about the Wikipedia article's statement that little is known about them, so I looked for another website and found this:

"Popular in the pet trade, the curly tail lizard is native to the Bahamas, and was introduced to Florida in the 1940’s to combat sugar cane pests. Curly tails are sturdy, robust-looking lizards that sometimes grow to a length of 28 cms (11 inches). Their curled tail which is held up in the air easily identifies them.

Curlytails are now common in Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties in Florida. They are seen in parking lots, along walls and around old buildings, especially where there are cracks and pieces of rubble. These lizards usually move on the ground but can also climb well." the WILD FLORIDA ECO TRAVEL GUIDE - which is a really cool website for you FL kids!

Cjagentdave 11 years ago

i took that pic sob sob

arnott.myles 11 years ago

Ok thanks for the correction.

jamiewgoodspeed 11 years ago

bahamian curly tail

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Delray Beach, Florida, USA

Spotted on May 25, 2013
Submitted on May 25, 2013

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