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Sagebrush Lizard

Sagebrush lizard is a species of lizard belonging to the Phrynosomatidae family, found in the western United States. The species is very much diurnal.



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


    Size 4.7-8.9 cm
    Color Gray, brown or olive with a bit of blue or green on the upper surface; body and tail have non-uniform banding patterns; rust-colored armpit and sides; females possess white or yellow bellies whereas the abdomen of the males have blue patches
    Distribution Utah, Nevada, southern Idaho, northwestern New Mexico, Texas, northern Arizona, western Colorado, Wyoming, Oregon, California, Washington, North Dakota, Nebraska
    Habitat Sagebrush, pine or fir forests, redwood forests, brushlands, piƱon-juniper woodlands
    Diet Variety of insects like ants, beetles, flies, grasshoppers, hemipterans, lepidopterans; also feed on arachnids
    Hibernation Fact Hibernate during winter
    Predators Snakes, birds of prey, cats, smaller carnivorous mammals
    Breeding Season May – June
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 2 to 10 eggs
    Incubation Period 44 to 52 days
    Reproductive Age 1 or 2 years of age
    Average Lifespan 3 to 4 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on February 2nd 2017 by under Lizards. Article was last reviewed on 13th June 2019.

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