How To Draw A Lizard

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Lizard in 6 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

The images above represent how your finished drawing is going to look and the steps involved.

Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Lizard.

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How to Draw a Lizard - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Start by drawing the head. It looks like an open ended oval with a slightly pointy end.

Step 2: Next draw a round eye close to the front end, near the bottom of the head.

Step 3: Continue the top head line back and draw a line for the back. It will curve down at the end. Starting at the end of bottom head line add the front leg. There are three toes on the front foot. Bring the back of the leg line up at a forward angle back toward the head.

Step 4: Draw a straight line back from the front leg to make the belly. Then add the thicker hind leg with five widely spread toes on the foot. Draw the hind leg line back toward the end of the back line.

Step 5: From the back line and the hind leg line draw two lines to make a long, thick tail. It is as long as the body and has a pointy end.

Step 6: Finally add another front leg facing forward and a hind foot on the other side of the body. Don't forget to add the toes.

Interesting Facts about Lizards

Lizards are a group of scaled reptiles belonging to the Lepidosauria family that also includes iguanas, chameleons, monitor lizards, worm lizards, geckos, glass lizards, alligator lizards, snakes and others.

Fossils of lizards found date back to the Jurassic period, nearly 200 million years ago. Today, there are over 5600 species of lizards can be found in all continents, except Antarctica.

Did you know?

  • Depending on the species, lizards may eat plants, small mammals and insects.
  • Several types of lizards can detach their tails when attacked by predators.
  • Lizards can see in color, and they see very well.
  • The body language of lizards includes gestures and certain postures and movement that can entice mates, resolve conflicts with other lizards and animals and define territory.
  • The largest lizard is the Komodo dragon, which can be as long as 11 feet and weigh as much as 365 pounds.
  • Most lizards will not harm humans, with the exception of the Komodo dragon, which has been known to stalk and attack humans.

In Central America and Africa, some lizards are eaten. Lizards have been depicted in art and mythology, literature, movies, company logos and commercials.

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