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Mesquite Lizard

Mesquite lizard is a species of lizard occurring in the southern United States and Mexico. The lizard is arboreal. There are four recognized subspecies of this species. 



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Iguania
    Family Iguanidae
    Subfamily Phrynosomatinae
    Genus Sceloporus
    Scientific Name Sceloporus grammicus


    Other Names Graphic spiny lizard
    Size 10 – 17.5 cm (3.9 – 6.9 in)
    Color Mottled olive or gray upper surface with 3–6 dark crossbars; narrow crossbars on forelegs and tail; throat of the males have blue patches and black mottling, males also have blue patches on the sides of belly and a dark line on each shoulder
    Distribution Southern United States and Mexico
    Habitat Reside in large mesquite and oaks trees and also other trees in arid and semi-arid terrain
    Mode of Reproduction Viviparous (giving birth to live young)
    Litter Size 2 to 12
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on August 19th 2017 by under Lizards. Article was last reviewed on 18th August 2017.

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