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Collared Lizard

Collared lizards are North American Lizards and are so named as their neck and shoulders contain black bands that resemble a collar. They are extremely fast creatures and are among few varieties of lizards that can run using their hind legs only.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Iguania
    Family Crotaphytidae
    Genus Crotaphytus
    Scientific Name Crotaphytus collaris


    Other Names Eastern Collared lizard, Common Collared Lizard, Oklahoma Collared Lizard
    Size 20 – 36 cm
    Color Blue-green body color with light brown head in case of males whereas in case of females body and head are light brown
    Distribution Mexico, Ozark Mountains to southern California (United states)
    Habitat Grassy meadows, hillsides, rocky deserts
    Diet Insects like grasshoppers and crickets, other lizards including other collared lizards
    Hibernation Fact Hibernates during winter months
    Predators Other lizards, birds such as roadrunners, coyotes, house cats, other carnivorous mammals
    Breeding Season May or June
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 3 to 7 eggs
    Incubation Period 55 to 65 days
    Reproductive Age 2 years of age
    Average Lifespan 5 to 8 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on October 4th 2016 by under Lizards. Article was last reviewed on 4th June 2019.

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