Xantusiidae

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Xantusiidae

[‚zan·tə′sī·ə‚dē]
(vertebrate zoology)
The night lizards, a family of reptiles in the suborder Sauria.
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It made biologists question whether the island night lizard was ever actually floundering to begin with.
In February, the Fish and Wildlife Service drove that success home by proposing to take the island night lizard off the endangered species list.
Fast-forward to the 1990s, when land managers started conducting annual population counts and stumbling on surprising we would count island night lizards, and they weren't declining at all; if anything, their numbers were increasing," Coonan says.
The existence of family groups in lizards seems to coincide with species of lizards that give birth to their offspring (called viviparity), as do the desert night lizards, rather than lay eggs, as do about 85 percent of lizards," she added.
The ecology of a population of Xantusia vigilis, the desert night lizard.