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Desert Night Lizard

The Desert Night Lizardis an American lizard that has the ability to change its body color from light olive (during evening) to deep brown (during day). Unusual for lizards, this species form social groups with parents and their offspring.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Sauria
    Infraorder Scincomorpha
    Family Xantusiidae
    Genus Xantusia
    Species X. vigilis
    Scientific Name Xantusiavigilis

    Length 1.5 to 2.75 in (3.8 to 7.0 cm)
    Coloration Olive, gray, or yellow-brown
    Distribution Southern California, Baja California, southern Nevada, southwestern Utah and western Arizona
    Habitat Arid and semi-arid regions
    Diet Arthropods like termites, small insects, spiders
    Breeding Season August to December
    Clutch Size 1 to 3 live young
    Mode of Reproduction Viviparous

    Desert Night Lizard Pictures Gallery

    Published on January 31st 2017 by under Lizards. Article was last reviewed on 13th June 2019.

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