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Texas Spiny Lizard

Texas spiny lizard is a species of lizard found in the south central United States. The species is diurnal and arboreal.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Iguania
    Family Phrynosomatidae
    Genus Sceloporus
    Scientific Name Sceloporus olivaceus


    Length 7.5–11 in
    Color Gray with white, black or red-brown blotches along the back, uniform light gray underside, but males have blue patches on both side of the belly
    Distribution Texas and Oklahoma (United States), northeastern Mexico
    Habitat Mesquite trees, areas with plenty of ground leaf litter, on fences or telephone poles in suburban areas
    Diet Beetles, insects, sometimes other small vertebrates
    Hibernation Fact Hibernates during winter
    Breeding Season Early spring
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size Around 14 eggs
    Incubation Period Around 60 days
    Average Lifespan 8 to 10 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on October 21st 2016 by under Lizards. Article was last reviewed on 1st April 2017.

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