A small dull-colored nocturnal lizard with large scales or bony plates on the head, occurring from the southwestern US to Central America.
- Family Xantusiidae: several genera and species, including the desert night lizard (Xantusia vigilis.
- Although abundant in their favored habitats, island night lizards are still sensitive to disturbance.
- The desert night lizard is rarely seen, and was once thought to be rare throughout its range.
- Although generally diurnal, the majority of geckos, the night lizards, and the Gila monster are nocturnal.
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Syllabification: night liz·ard
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