Dragons in miniature, they inspire our imaginations. As a small boy growing up in Iowa (a state with 5 native lizards) finding a wild lizard was a special experience. I would imagine life from this little saurian’s perspective and transport myself into a prehistoric world from which I was separated by millions of years. In conjunction with the Chinese “Year of the Dragon” – 2012 has been designated the Year of the Lizard! Being the most numerous group of reptiles, certain places are havens for lizards. Nevertheless, there are still many species in need of conservation efforts.

For more information on how you can get involved, check out these organizations:


PARC – Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation

The Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation have a mission to conserve amphibians, reptiles and their habitats as integral parts of our ecosystem and culture through proactive and coordinated public/private partnerships.


SSAR – Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles

SSAR, a not-for-profit organization established to advance research, conservation, and education concerning amphibians and reptiles, was founded in 1958. It is the largest international herpetological society, and is recognized worldwide for having the most diverse program of publications, meetings, and other activities.

State of the Lizard

2012 – Year of the Lizard

Fantastic Leaftail Gecko – Uroplatus phantasticus

To see more lizard illustrations by Illumination Studios, check out some of the images in our Gallery.