Native to the Bahamas, Cayman Islands, and Cuba, but introduced to Palm Beach, Florida and now established in several areas throughout the state.
Ground dwelling species that prefers habitats with loose, rocky substrate. It will readily burry itself when escaping danger. Often seen basking on rocks or residing in suburban areas.
This primarily grey or brown spiny-scaled lizard is named for its unusual tail that curls upward. The keeled scales are aligned in longitudinal rows down the body, but it has thin light crossbars of coloration across the back. Their overall patterning is quite subtle, but the tail is more distinctly banded. They can reach 10 inches in total length. The tail is not permanently curled, and can be straightened.
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