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Zebra-tailed Lizard Callisaurus draconoides


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Zebra-tailed Lizard
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Family: Phrynosomatidae, Earless and Horned Lizards view all from this family

Description Grey to sandy brown, usually with series of paired dark gray spots down the back, becoming black bands on the tail. The underside of tail is white with black bands. Males have a pair of black blotches on the side, extending to blue patches on the belly. Females have no blue patches, and the black bars are either faint or completely absent.

Dimensions 15.2-23.2cm. (6-9 1/8")

Subspecies Nevada/Northern - Nevada.
Mojave/Western - Nevada into Utah, California and w. Arizona.
Arizona/Eastern - Arizona to Mexico.

Breeding Lays eggs June-August. 2-8 eggs per clutch. Often more than 1 clutch in souther areas.

Habitat Hard-packed soil.

Range Nevada, Utah, Arizona, California to Mexico.

Discussion Diurnal. Expose zebra like stripes when running. Wag & curl tail when threatened. Insects, small lizards and spiders form main diet. Opportunistic feeders, will eat anything it can catch.