Recently one of my sons asked me "Daddy, What lizards live in Virginia?" I was taken aback for a minute as I assumed there were salamanders, and felt there had to be skinks but I had never seen one in the 10 years I've lived here. I did not have the answer.
The internet has everything however. There are indeed six lizards native to Northern Virginia (with three more further south). Mostly skinks. This summer we will find a live specimen or know the reason why!
The snakes of Virginia are also interesting including one that apparently only lives in one county in the center of the State. I do not know why this is? Zoning laws? Only the copperhead is venemous in our neighborhood but I could have sworn cotton mouths were closer than a 100 miles from DC as the National Zoo exhibits say.