Leiocephalus eremitus Cope

Navassa Curly-tailed Lizard (Leiocephalus eremitus)  

The Navassa Curly-tailed Lizard was described in 1868, it is known only from the type specimen, a female bearing three mature ova [eggs].  

The species was endemic to the tiny, uninhabited yet not undisputed island of Navassa: the island is the subject of an ongoing territorial dispute between Haiti and the United States, both of which claim the ownership over the little dry rock.  

The Navassa Curly-tailed Lizard reached a size of about 13 to 14 cm long (including the tail). [1]  



[1] Gregory K. Pregill: Systematics of the West Indian Lizard Genus Leiocephalus (Squamata: Iguania: Tropiduridae). Miscellaneous Publications of the Museum of Natural History, University of Kansas 84: 1-69. 1992  


edited: 07.09.2019