Giant ameiva

Ameiva ameiva

The giant ameiva, also known as green ameiva, South American ground lizard, giant whiptail, zandoli, and Amazon racerunner, is a species of lizard in the family Teiidae found in Central and South America and some Caribbean Islands.
Giant Ameiva Panama, forests near Panama City (2007). 
Ameiva ameiva has a streamlined body, pointed head, slightly forked tongue, and muscular hind legs. They grow to approximately 45–50 cm (18–20 in). Both sexes have random black specs and mottling along the sides. Females usually have much less green than males and a more dusty of a green color. Males have vibrant green coloration and more bold mottling. Males also have more expanded jowls. Green ameivas are popular as a pet because of the male's striking green coloration. I guess this one is a female.      Ameiva ameiva,Geotagged,Panama,Summer

Appearance

''Ameiva ameiva'' has a streamlined body, pointed head, slightly forked tongue, and muscular hind legs. They grow to approximately 45–50 cm . Both sexes have random black specs and mottling along the sides. Females usually have much less green than males and a more dusty of a green color. Males have vibrant green coloration and more bold mottling. Males also have more expanded jowels. Green ameivas are popular as a pet because of the male's striking green coloration.

Naming

This species has been introduced into the United States with thriving populations in South Florida.

Habitat

Giant ameiva live on the forest floor, often sheltering underneath logs and in leaf litter. Captive specimens have been observed making primitive tunnels spanning out from under a log or rock when given enough soil.

Reproduction

The female lays several clutches of eggs from March to December.

Food

The giant ameiva's diet consists of mainly insects, frogs, and spiders.
In captivity mealworms are a favorite of the ameiva along with crickets.

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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassReptilia
OrderSquamata
FamilyTeiidae
GenusAmeiva
SpeciesA. ameiva
Photographed in
Panama