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Are Florida Lizards Poisonous?

By June 29, 2023No Comments
Native Florida Lizards are not poisonous.

Lizards are a common sight all over Florida; many people and kids like to watch them. Kids often will chase after these Anole lizards are often referred to as Geckos and pick them up. They will get into homes and eat the bugs but are usually harmless to humans. Additionally, they come in various colors and sizes. Many people wonder though are Florida lizards poisonous? No, most of them are not, however, the Gila monster and the Florida Lizard have a toxic bite. Let’s find out some more information.

Florida lizard relaxing on an outdoor deck.

What Lizards In Florida Are Poisonous?

In the southern United States, as well as Arizona and New Mexico, you will find the Gila monster. It is a toxic and venomous reptile that has a thick body and short stubby legs.

Another one is called the eastern glass lizard or Florida Lizard. This one is also found in the southeastern United States. It eats reptiles and small mammals, as well as insects. The long hind legs let it run fast as well as get away from danger. This reptile is not poisonous but does have a bacteria it carries that can make you sick if you are scratched or bitten by one.

How Do I Get Rid Of Them?

Anoles will come in through the house through open doors or holes in screens so making sure those entry points are taken care of is a good idea.

Keep in mind that if you find lizards that are not native to Florida, you can trap them and remove them. However, there are certain rules you must follow by doing this. If they are not native to Florida, they are looked at as “invasive” and you can’t relocate them. Also, if you find you have any of these lizards or iguanas, you may need to contact a professional. They will know legally what you can and can’t do.

If you get rid of the iguanas and lizards by trapping them, keep in mind this may be a temporary fix. Unfortunately, more will move in and then you have to start the whole process of removing them all over again. You are better off lizard-proofing your property to discourage them from coming in.

Some professionals can give you ideas as to what to do, along with making sure your lanais doesn’t have any entry points.

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Now that you are aware of any lizards in Florida that might be poisonous you can read up on whether black snakes are also poisonous. Collecting as much information about poisonous pests in Florida is a great way to keep yourself from getting bit. The more poisonous species that you can identify the safer you will be.

Next, keeping up with which species live in Florida is a difficult task. However, the more that you know the safer that you will be. For example, are there Scorpions that live in Florida? Most homeowners will not know that answer and likely assume the answer is no. Be sure to read up on the information to get the facts and understand if any scorpions and which kind might live in Florida.

Lastly, we know that we have iguanas in Florida, most notably in South Florida. In addition to the lizards we have, iguanas lay eggs. Iguanas have a breeding season and lay them several times a year!

With over 50 species of lizards in Florida, you can find them everywhere.

When Do I Call A Professional?

If you find you have an abundant amount of Anoles in your home or are seeing other types of lizards, you may need to call a professional. They can come out to your home and help you figure out where they are coming in and how to get rid of them. Also, if you find there are lizards you are concerned about and have children that like to play with them, a professional can help identify them and see if you need to be concerned or not.


Pest control is one of the areas that all homeowners need to invest in. In Florida, you will see lizards in the yard, on the street, in trees, etc. As mentioned earlier, Anoles are common and harmless. The Gila monster and Florida Lizard may have a bite that could be toxic. This is important to know so you can educate people in your home about the various types. To keep from getting a lizard infestation, reach out to All South Pest Control to determine your pest service needs in McDonough, GA, and the surrounding areas.

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