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Long-tailed Brush Lizard Urosaurus graciosus


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Long-tailed Brush Lizard
credit: Ben Lowe

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

Description Presence of a tail more than two times its snout-body length and the absence of a series of smaller scales running down the middle of the band of enlarged dorsal scales. Orange throat. Bluish patches on sides of males.

Dimensions 14.6-18.4cm. (5 3/4-7 1/4")

Subspecies Western Long-tailed Brush Lizard - inconspicuous pattern on back. California, Nevada through Arizona to Mexico.
Arizona Long-tailed Brush Lizard- prominent back markings. Arizona.

Breeding Breeds in Spring. 4 eggs in a clutch, laid May-July. Hatch July-October.

Habitat Sandy deserts.

Range Nevada, Arizona, California to Mexico.

Discussion Diurnal. Active during the day but often seen resting its head on small tree branches. Hides in holes or under bushes and shrub if disturbed or threatened.