U.S. Department of Agriculture: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service


Date of this Version

November 2003


Smith, H.T., and R.M. Engeman. 2003. A Review of the Range, Distribution, and Ecology of the Invasive Northern Curly-tailed Lizard in Florida. Florida Park Service "Parknership" Technical Report. 5 pp.


We examined the distribution and ecology of the exotic northern curly-tailed lizard (Leiocephalus carinatus armouri) in Florida. Published literature and especially unpublished documents and data were reviewed and synthesized. Our findings suggest that both the range and distribution of the Florida population have expanded at a rapid rate during the last 60 years. Ecological effects or this species on Florida's native lizards and other fauna have not been quantified and require thorough evaluation.