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Banded Rock Lizard Petrosaurus mearnsi


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Banded Rock Lizard
credit: Eugene Van der Pijil

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Alternate name: Mearns' Rock Lizard

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

Description Flat bodied lizard with an olive, brown or grey dorsum and white or bluish spots on dorsum. It has a single black collar, a banded tail, and granular scales on its body with keeled tail and limb scales.

Dimensions 21.5-29cm. (8 1/2-11 1/2")

Breeding June-July. 2-6 eggs in a clutch.

Habitat Boulder hillsides.

Range Southern California to Baja California.

Discussion Diurnal. Active just before and after sunrise. Adept climber on rocks it waddles up the sides.