Tropidurus itambere: example of a species of calango
What they are - biological definition
Calangos (popular and generic name given in Brazil) are small lizards, which are part of the family Lacertidae (family of scaly reptiles).
- They are small lizards. Most species measure between 20cm and 30cm.
- They have the body covered by resistant scales.
- Generally not aggressive lizards.
- The feeding of the strawberries consists of insects and arthropods (spiders, centipedes, locusts, among others).
- They have long syrup and four legs.
- They can move fast.
- Strawberries are daytime reptiles.
- When the day is sunny, usually stay on the rocks in the sunlight, even if intense.
- In Brazil, they are mainly found in the northeastern Caatinga region.
- Most of the species of lizard usually live in areas with many trees, plants and stones. They are usually hidden in these areas.
- They are often camouflaged in stones and plants.
Examples of species of calanges:
- Tropidurus oreadicus (very common in Brazil, especially in the Northeast).
- Tropidurus torquatus (present in the Atlantic Forest and Cerrado).
- Tropidurus itambere (most common in southeastern Brazil).