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9 Lizard Species Found in Virginia (With Pictures)

Ed Malaker

If you like lizards the way, we do it can be fun to track them down and observe them in their natural habitat. However, finding an unknown reptile in your garden or home can be terrifying, so it can be a good idea to get familiar with the animals in your area. If you live in Virginia, keep reading while we look at the different species of lizard that exist there to help you be better informed.

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9 Lizards Found in Virginia

1. Green Anole

green anole on leaf
Image Credit: Brett Hondow, Pixabay
Species: Anolis carolinensis
Longevity: 4 years
Good to own as a pet?: Yes
Legal to own?: Yes
Adult size: 5 – 9 inches
Diet: Carnivorous

The Green Anole is a tree-dwelling species that you can find in Virginia. It varies in color from green to brown, and it has a long-pointed head with ridges between the eyes. The males are extremely territorial and will attack their reflection, but they make great pets and are easy to raise.


2. Eastern Six-lined Racerunner

Species: Aspidoscelis sexlineata sexlineata
Longevity: 6 years
Good to own as a pet?: No
Legal to own?: Yes
Adult size: 6 – 10 inches
Diet: Carnivorous

The Eastern Six-Lined Racerunner is a fast-moving reptile that can reach speeds of 18 miles per hour (MPH) when escaping a predator. It has a wide range that includes Virginia, and it prefers low-lying dry soil.


3. Mediterranean Gecko

Mediterranean house gecko Hemidactylus turcicus
Mediterranean house gecko Hemidactylus turcicus (Image Credit: Mick Sway, Flickr CC BY-ND 2.0)
Species: Hemidactylus turcicus
Longevity: 3 – 9 years
Good to own as a pet?: Yes
Legal to own?: Yes
Adult size: 4 – 5 inches
Diet: Carnivorous

The Mediterranean Gecko is an invasive species that is native to Spain, France, and surrounding areas. It was introduced to several areas, including Virginia, where it was able to gain a foothold. They still sell these lizards as pets, and they are easy to maintain.


4. Eastern Slender Glass Lizard

Eastern Slender Glass Lizard on stone
Image Credit: Peter Paplanus, PxHere
Species: Ophisaurus attenuatus longicaudus
Longevity: 4 – 10 years
Good to own as a pet?: Yes
Legal to own?: Yes
Adult size: 22 – 36 inches
Diet: Carnivorous

The Eastern Slender Glass lizard is a long and thin species with a tail that is extremely easy to break off, giving it its name. They can grow to reach 36 inches making them one of the longest reptiles in the United States. It’s active during the day and prefers to blend with the vegetation while it hunts.


5. Northern Coal Skink

Species: Plestiodon anthracinus
Longevity: 5 – 8 years
Good to own as a pet?: Yes
Legal to own?: No
Adult size: 5 – 7 inches
Diet: Carnivorous

The Northern Coal Skink lives in very small areas throughout the northeastern United States, and you can find it in Virginia. It has a blue tail when it’s firstborn but then has a dark-colored body when it matures.


6. Common Five-Lined Skink

Common Five-lined Skink - Plestiodon fasciatus
Common Five-lined Skink – Plestiodon fasciatus (Image Credit: Judy Gallagher, Flickr CC 2.0 Generic)
Species: Plestiodon fasciatus
Longevity: 6 years
Good to own as a pet?: Yes
Legal to own?: No
Adult size: 5 – 7 inches
Diet: Carnivorous

The Common Five-Lined Skink is also called a Red-Headed Skink due to the red coloring on its head when it’s an adult. As you may have guessed, it has five lines running the length of its body. It’s a ground-dwelling reptile that prefers a moist wooded habitat.


7. Broad-Headed Skink

Broad-Headed Skink
Image Credit: Peter Paplanus, PxHere
Species: Plestiodon laticeps
Longevity: 6 years
Good to own as a pet?: Yes
Legal to own?: No
Adult size: 6 – 13 inches
Diet: Carnivorous

The Broad Headed Skink is one of the larger lizard species that you can find in Virginia, and it can reach 13 inches. It gets its name from its wide jaw that gives its head a triangle shape. You can find them on the ground, but they will also frequent trees for shelter, and they are exceptional climbers.


8. Eastern Fence Lizard

Eastern Fence Lizard - Sceloporus undulatus
Eastern Fence Lizard – Sceloporus undulatus (Image Credit: Judy Gallagher, Flickr CC 2.0 Generic)
Species: Sceloporus undulatus
Longevity: 5 years
Good to own as a pet?: Yes
Legal to own?: No
Adult size: 4 – 8 inches
Diet: Carnivorous

The Eastern Fence Lizard is a medium-sized reptile that gets its name from its desire to sit on the fence posts to bask in the sunlight. It’s usually grey or brown with wavy lines across its back. When not on fenceposts, they prefer wooded areas with plenty of sunlight.


9. Little Brown Skink

Little Brown Skink (Scincella lateralis)
Little Brown Skink (Scincella lateralis) (Image Credit: Peter Paplanus, Wikimedia Commons CC 2.0 Generic)
Species: Scincella lateralis
Longevity: 20 years
Good to own as a pet?: Yes
Legal to own?: No
Adult size: 3 – 6 inches
Diet: Carnivorous

The Little Brown Skink is one of the smallest species of reptiles that you can find in Virginia. You can also find it throughout much of the eastern United States. It seldom climbs trees and prefers to spend most of its time buried under loose leaves and other debris that it can hide beneath.

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Poison Lizards in Virginia

Fortunately, there are no poison lizards in Virginia that can harm you, so you can search for them without worry, and you needn’t be concerned if you see one in your garden.

Small Lizards in Virginia

The smallest lizard in Virginia is the Little Brown Skink.

Big Lizards in Virginia

The Largest reptile in Virginia is the eastern Slender Glass Lizard that can reach up to 36-inches long. The Broad-Headed Skink is also quite large with a wide head.

Invasive Lizards in Virginia

The Mediterranean Gecko is an invasive species that you can find in Virginia. It’s native to the area around France and Spain, but you can now find it in many other parts of the world.

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Conclusion

There are nine different species of lizard that you can find in Virginia, and they are all quite interesting. Several of them, like the Greene Anole and the Mediterranean Gecko, make great pets, but we recommend purchasing only captive-bred animals instead of removing them from their natural habitat.

We hope you have enjoyed reading over this list and found a few lizards you didn’t know you could find here. If you have learned something new, please share this guide to the nine lizards found in Virginia on Facebook and Twitter.


Featured Image Credit: Will Brown, Wikimedia Commons CC 2.0 Generic (Five-lined Skink (Plestiodon fasciatus))

Ed Malaker

Ed Malaker is a veteran writer who has contributed to a wide range of blogs that cover tools, pets, guitars, fitness, and computer programming. When he’s not writing, Ed is usually performing DIY projects around the house or working in the garden. He’s also a musician and spends a lot of time helping people fix their guitars and composing music for independent films.