Green’s Dictionary of Slang

-lizard sfx

(US) a person with a particular habit or type of behaviour; also used in combs.; thus chow-lizard, a person who eats a lot; couch-lizard, a person who frequently lies necking with his girlfriends on a couch etc .

[US]Ogden Standard (UT) 2 May 9/4: Those who stay in bed are ‘bunk lizards’.
[US]Eve. World (NY) 10 Dec. 12/6: [cartoon caption] Beat it, you Kitchen Lizard!
[US]Wood & Goddard Dict. Amer. Sl. 50: snake. A habitué, used in parlor-snake, lounge-snake, and the like. A hound, a lizard.
[US] (ref. to WWI)Wentworth & Flexner DAS 76/2: bunk lizard A chronic sleeper; one who is able to hide away from work.

In phrases

day lizard (n.)

an unemployed tramp or beggar who practises as a minor con man.

[Aus]M. Garahan Stiffs 109: I was unemployed, and as a natural consequence mixed with and got to know a number of the day-lizards. I learnt a good deal about their weird methods of obtaining food and shelters.
lens lizard (n.)

1. a film actor; one who enjoys being filmed or photographed.

[US]El Paso Herald (TX) 28 Dec. 9/1: Met Kid Broad in New York [...] after his eight hours working as a lens lizard.
L.J. Vance Linda Lee, Inc. 200: If this were all there was to motion-picture acting, then Lucinda could not wonder that, as she was one day informed by a crusty veteran of the colony: ‘Bums may turn revivalists, and lawyers honest, but there ain't no known cure for a lens lizard’.
‘Buzzflash Mailbag’ at www.buzzflash.com 17 Dec. [Internet] What a moment for that grandstanding lens lizard John McCain.

2. (US) a photographer, a film-maker.

[US]T.A. Dorgan in Zwilling TAD Lex. 114: Quite a flock of lens lizards are in town making films while the sun shines.
Western Flying 26 80: Lens lizard, Claude Howell, Tulare photog, has purchased a Cub Coupe.
[US]Oui Apr. 128: Photographed by Oui lens lizards [HDAS].
review of ‘Pregnant Fantasies #3’ at www.cduniverse.com [Internet] Lens Lizard Billy Dee does his best impression of a human tripod as he zooms right in and out of the action.
lot lizard (n.) [SE (parking) lot]

(US) a prostitute who works at truck stops.

[US]Wash. Post 22 Jan. n.p.: Sometimes, they said, they are awakened in the trucks by prostitutes seeking customers. The truckers call them ‘lot lizards’ [HDAS].
T. Graves Pullers 55: More than one lot lizard, as the girls were commonly called, had been shot, although not seriously.
R. Spencer Naked Twilight 47: She had told Capers that, when younger, she had been what truck drivers called a truck stop ‘lot lizard.’.
[US]B. Masterman Rage Against the Dying (2014) 40: A lot lizard, a prostitute that hangs out at truck stops.

In compounds

tango lizard (n.)

(US) a plausible, but untrustworthy womanizer, frequenting dancehalls to find his female victims.

[US]N.Y. Eve. World 26 Apr. 16/3: Clarte says she believes they were tango lizards and parlor snakes [...] You know, the men who dance with women patrons in the afternoon.