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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Among the most charismatic of that bunch was the island night lizard, originally thought to be nocturnal (it's actually just secretive).
They spent decades removing feral eats (originally ranchers' pets) that preyed on small native animals like the island night lizard and contributed to the extinction of the Santa Barbara Island song sparrow.
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.