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Sonoran Desert Fringe-toed Lizard Uma notata


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Sonoran Desert Fringe-toed Lizard, Colorado Desert subspecies
credit: gwarcita/CCSA

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

Description Fringe made of pointed scales on toes. Granular scales on flattened body. Underside on tail has dark bands. Grayish/white with dark spots. Sides orange-pink. Throat has diagonal lines.

Dimensions 12.7-17.9cm. (5-7")

Subspecies Colorado Desert Fringe-toed Lizard - Side of belly has orange patch. California to Baja California.
Yuman Desert Fringe-toed Lizard - Absent patch on belly. Arizona into Mexico.

Breeding Lays 1-5 eggs every 6 weeks in summer.

Habitat Sand dunes.

Range California to Arizona and Mexico.

Discussion Diurnal. Fringe acts as a sort of snowshoe to aid walking on sand. Dives into sand as if swimming to avoid being captured. Jaw setback, flaps on ears, eyes and nostrils help when burrowing to keep sand out.