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Why are lizards so important to our ecosystem ...

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Why are lizards so important to our ecosystem?
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Pet
Expert:  Christina replied 11 years ago.
Lizards are important because they can be 'indicator species' of environmental health. Lizard like amphibians called salamanders are important parts of this indicator map. So are iguanas and aligators even.

Declines and increases in population, overal species health, etc are all important factors that help people know whether or not the water quality is good, if soil quality is at a good level, whether prey species are healthy and abundant, and many other things.

They're also great ways for us to speculate how the dinosaurs may have lived and looked like even.