How Common Are Lizards in Gardens? Lizards are prevalent throughout the United States, thriving in all kinds of climates and terrain. They are especially attracted to the loose, moist soil, cover of foliage, and open rows for sunning found in gardens. A garden can be a lizard's private rainforest, and small numbers of the reptiles are even beneficial. Since most prefer eating bugs to plants, they cut down on pests that prey on vegetation. However, large populations of lizards in the garden nibbling on plants can have a cumulatively damaging effect. Signs of Lizards Lizards commonly found in gardens are usually no more than six to nine inches long. Most often, gardeners first become aware of the pests' presence when they see one engaging in frequent and extended sun-basking. Lizards do this to absorb Vitamin D through their skin. Other signs include small bites taken from plant leaves, shed tails or skins on the ground, and the appearance of narrow digging trails. Capture and Prevention Due to their quickness, lizards in gardens are difficult to catch. Some people try to grab them in their hands, but the pests will bite if threatened in this manner. The reptiles also carry Salmonella bacteria in their droppings, which can cause illness even if gardeners don't touch the animals themselves. Property owners experiencing a lizard infestation can contact Critter Control for skilled, efficient removal of these pests from yards, homes, and gardens.