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Common Side-blotched Lizard

Common side-blotched lizards are a member of the ‘side-blotched lizard’ group found in selected areas in the North American continent.They have eight different subspecies. These reptiles display distinct polymorphism through their throat colors, and are divided into three different categories: the Orange-throated males that are ‘ultra-dominant’, the Blue-throated males are ‘dominant’, and the Yellow-throated males are ‘sneakers’.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Lacertilia
    Infraorder Iguania
    Family Phrynosomatidae
    Genus Uta
    Species U. stansburiana
    Scientific Name Utastansburiana

    Length Up to 60 mm (2.4 inches)
    Coloration Yellow and blue coloration with a typical dark blotch behind the forearms
    Distribution Spread across the Pacific Coast of North America
    Habitat Scattered bushes and scrubby trees, and in lands where the soil may be sandy, gravelly, or rocky
    Diet Wide variety of insects and other arthropods; also consume scorpions, spiders, mites, ticks and sow bugs
    Clutch Size 2-5 eggs
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)

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    Published on February 16th 2017 by under Lizards. Article was last reviewed on 14th June 2019.

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