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Tropidurus itambere: example of a species of calango

What they are - biological definition

Calangos (popular and generic name given in Brazil) are small lizards, which are part of the family Lacertidae (family of scaly reptiles).

Main features

- They are small lizards. Most species measure between 20cm and 30cm.

- They have the body covered by resistant scales.

- Generally not aggressive lizards.

- The feeding of the strawberries consists of insects and arthropods (spiders, centipedes, locusts, among others).

- They have long syrup and four legs.

- They can move fast.

- Strawberries are daytime reptiles.

- When the day is sunny, usually stay on the rocks in the sunlight, even if intense.

- In Brazil, they are mainly found in the northeastern Caatinga region.

- Most of the species of lizard usually live in areas with many trees, plants and stones. They are usually hidden in these areas.

- They are often camouflaged in stones and plants.

Examples of species of calanges:

- Tropidurus oreadicus (very common in Brazil, especially in the Northeast).

- Tropidurus torquatus (present in the Atlantic Forest and Cerrado).

- Tropidurus itambere (most common in southeastern Brazil).