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Desert Spiny Lizard

Desert spiny lizard is a species of lizard found in the Sonoran Desert and Chihuahuan Desert of North America. The species is diurnal and is known to form groups.



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


    Size Up to 5.6 in
    Color Males possess blue or violet patches on the belly and throat while the sides and tails have green or blue patches; females possess large combined dark spots on the back and belly; both male and female possess brownish or yellow triangular spots on the shoulders
    Distribution Arizona, California, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, Nevada (United States); Mexico
    Habitat Sonoran desertscrub, Great Basin desertscrub, semidesert grassland, interior chaparral, woodlands
    Diet Variety of insects like ants, beetles, and caterpillars; spiders, centipedes, small lizards, some plant material
    Hibernation Fact Hibernate during winter
    Predators Predatory birds, snakes, bullfrogs
    Breeding Season Spring and summer
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 2 to 12 eggs
    Incubation Period 1 to 3 months
    Reproductive Age 5 to 7 months of age
    Average Lifespan Up to 5.9 years in captivity
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on January 30th 2017 by under Lizards. Article was last reviewed on 23rd July 2018.

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