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Canyon Lizard Sceloporus merriami


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Canyon Lizard, Merriam's subspecies, female
credit: rtennant/CCSA

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

Description Smalle keeled back scales. Granular side scales, scales on neck smaller than on back. Bluish gray with 2 parallel lines of spots down back. Line on neck to shoulder.

Dimensions 11-15.9cm. (4 1/2-6 1/4")

Subspecies Merriam's Canyon lizard - Tail without bands. Texas to nw. Mexico.
Big Bend Canyon lizard - Tail has dark bands. Brester County, Texas.
Presidio Canyon Lizard - throat has dark bars. Presidio County, Texas.

Breeding Spring/summer. Hatch July. Often more than 1 clutch of eggs per season.

Habitat Canyons, rocks without vegetation.

Range Texas to Mexico.

Discussion Diurnal. Easily approachable and and not very wary.