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Texas Spiny Lizard Sceloporus olivaceus


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Texas Spiny Lizard
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Family: Phrynosomatidae, Earless and Horned Lizards view all from this family

Description Grey with black, white, or red-brown blotching down the back. Patterns vary greatly by locality, but the colors and pattern typically serve to be adequate camouflage against the bark of trees in its chosen habitat.

Dimensions 19-27.9cm. (7 1/2-11")

Breeding Breed spring and summer. 1-4 clutches, 11 eggs in a clutch, up to 25 for adults over four years old.

Habitat Abroreal areas with oak and mesquite trees.

Range Oklahoma to Texas prairies into Mexico.

Discussion Diurnal. Avid climbers. Shy and nervous, when approached they will usually retreat up a tree or flee noisily through leaf litter on the ground. They are insectivorous, and eat a variety of beetles and other insects.