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Long-nosed Leopard Lizard Gambelia wislizenii


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Long-nosed Leopard Lizard
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Alternate name: Longnose Leopard Lizard

Family: Crotaphytidae, Collared and Leopard Lizards view all from this family

Description Granular dorsal scales that can be white, cream, or gray with irregular brown or dark gray spots along its body and head. Sometimes they have dark bars across their back. The tail also has dark bars across it. Juveniles have more highly contrasted markings compared to adults, often with rusty coloring on the back or bright red spots, and yellow on the thighs and under the tail. Males smaller than females.

Dimensions 22-38.4cm. (8 1/2-15 1/8")

Warning Hisses when cornered; will bite if picked up. Its bite is not venomous.

Breeding Mates in spring. Lays 4-7 eggs May-July.

Similar Species Cope's leopard Lizard - formerly a subspecies. Dark fragmented spots. California to Baja California peninsular.

Habitat Semi-arid rocky/sandy/gravelly regions.

Range Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, California, Texas to Mexico.

Discussion Diurnal. Feeds on insects, smaller lizards and other unaware prey. Darts between bushes in search of prey.