Southern Sagebrush Lizard

Sceloporus vandenburgianus

Sagebrush Lizard
Photo by NHA staff

Also a spiny lizard. Looks like Western Fence Lizard but smaller. Like to bask in open, sunlit areas therefore are frequently seen.

Description:
4 ½”- 6” Gray, greenish or brownish in color. Males usually have light blue mottling on throat and belly patches. Faint light stripe where back and sides meet; reddish-orange behind forelegs.
Habitat:
Sagebrush deserts, juniper-pine woodlands, redwood forests, manzanita. In gravelly soils or fine-sand dunes; along rocky ridges with scattered bushes; basically a ground dweller; very common
Range:
Western U.S.; southern MT to NM, west to WA, OR, and CA. Can be found at elevations of 10,000’.
Food:
Mainly insects and spiders
Season:
Active April to October
Reproduction:
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