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Madrean Alligator Lizard

Madrean alligator lizard is a species of lizard belonging to the family Anguidae, found only in the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. The species is mainly diurnal and crepuscular.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Family Anguidae
    Genus Elgaria
    Scientific Name Elgaria kingii

    Length Up to 14 cm (5.5 in) snout to vent length
    Color Tan or gray base color with dark brown to red-brown crossbars on the back
    Distribution Southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico (United States); Mexico
    Habitat Broadleaf riparian corridors, semidesert grassland, interior chaparral,  Petran Montane Conifer Forest, woodlands, low valleys, rocky drainages, foothills, canyons, steep slopes
    Diet Insects like grasshoppers, caterpillars, moths; also feed on scorpions
    Hibernation Fact Hibernate during late fall and winter
    Breeding Season September – October
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size Up to 15 eggs
    Average Lifespan More than 15 years in captivity
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on April 22nd 2017 by under Lizards. Article was last reviewed on 14th June 2019.

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