View Full Version : Interior of a lizard's mouth

08-23-2008, 01:29 AM
What does the interior of a lizard's mouth look like? I'm pretty familiar with snakes and it seems they all have perfectly white mouths (that I've seen, anyway). I can't seem to find any good pictures of alligators' or lizards' mouths, though. I ask because I'm about to start a story with dragon-like lizards (about the size of horses) and I want them to be as realistic as I can under the circumstances. Any herpetologists or reptile enthusiasts out there who can help me? Thanks!

Robert Toy
08-23-2008, 01:37 AM
Third picture down:


08-23-2008, 02:09 AM
If you type lizard mouth into google and then click images you'll get tons, some clearer than others. You might also go to a zoo around feeding time :)

Also, notice that the teeth are very primitive- little sharp pegs :)

08-23-2008, 02:27 AM
Robert's post is a great place to start, but it should be noted that 'lizard' covers a pretty broad range of territory. Pink mouths are pretty common, but black, blue, purple and white are also out there.

Are your dragon-like lizards fire breathers? Are they carnivores, herbivores or omnivores? Are they active in the day, the night or the inbetween parts?

Whatever you want them to do, here's a bunch more pictures of lizard mouths.

(a uromastyx, with a nice closeup of the yawn as the next in that Flickr sequence)

(an anole, I believe -- pretty small)

(a bearded dragon)

(I'm not entirely sure what it is)

(Another I can't identify, though it looks related to iguanas; but uromastyx look related to chuckwallahs and they aren't, so)

(An alligator)


(Alligator lizard, not related to the big guys)

(Blue tongued skink)

(Gila monster)

... And that should be a good place to start. :)

08-23-2008, 03:12 AM
Wow, thanks everyone!

My dragons are not fire-breathing (they're not magical) and are carnivorous. I suppose they're more like dinosaurs than the typical fantasy dragon, although they are intelligent. I want to make them as realistic as I can.

So it looks like I can make the insides of their mouths pretty much any color I like. Thanks again!