Liolaemidae – Liolaemids

Endemic to South America, this family includes the southernmost reptiles on earth

Liolaemidae is a family of iguana-like lizards found mainly in Latin America.

These beautiful scaly creatures are an anomaly among reptiles because most reptiles are omnivores or opportunistic predators that feed primarily on small insects. Still, these vibrant creatures tend to eat fruits and plants mostly.

These lizards are not very big but incredibly colorful, which might result from intense sexual selection in males. The reasons behind their feeding behavior are still not thoroughly researched. Still, some of the hypotheses made by herpetologists and wildlife biologists suggest that they might feed on fruits to avoid competition with members of other species in that area.