Lizards in South Carolina

LizardLizards are a common sight throughout South Carolina; however, there are only 12 native species. The green anole is one of the most commonly encountered lizards, and is often incorrectly referred to as a chameleon due to its ability to change color from green to brown. The Mediterranean gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus) is a recent introduction that is most commonly observed in Columbia and Charleston, and may be in competition with some of our native species. This competition for food and habitat could lead to a decline in some of our native species.

University of Georgia, SREL

Additional resources for lizards

Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy

Will Dillman - SCDNR Herpetologist

Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries
PO Box 23205
Columbia, SC 29224
Phone: 803-734-3886
Fax: 803-734-6020

E-mail: dillmanj@dnr.sc.gov

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