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Common Sagebrush Lizard Sceloporus graciosus


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Common Sagebrush Lizard
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Family: Phrynosomatidae, Earless and Horned Lizards view all from this family

Description Keeled and spiny scales running along its dorsal surface. Spiny. Granular scales. Gray-brown with crossbars and spotting. Red/orange stripes on sides. Blue mottling on males. Sides of neck pinkish on females.

Dimensions 12.7-17.75cm. (5-6 3 1/6")

Subspecies Northern Sagebrush lizard - Singular patches don't cross with belly or throat patches. Washington, Montana, Nebraska to New Mexico and California. Isolated in Montana to North Dakota.
Southern Sagebrush lizard - Patches on throat, belly and back all interconnected. California to Baja California.
Western Sagebrush lizard - White patches between blue patches on throat and belly. Oregon to California.

Breeding One clutch laid per year in June/July, 2-7 eggs per clutch. Hatch July/August.

Similar Species Dunes Sagebrush Lizard - Formerly a subspecies. Paler, lacks blue throat. Lives in sand dunes from Texas to New Mexico.

Habitat Sagebrush areas with gravelly soil and sand dunes.

Range Montana, New Mexico, Washington, Oregon, California to Baja California.

Discussion Dirunal. Terrestrial. Insects are main source of food. Sometimes climb up trees to hunt flying insects.