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Zebra-tailed Lizard

Zebra-tailed lizard is a species of lizard found only in southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. The species is diurnal and is known to be highly territorial. It is one of the fastest desert lizards.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Lacertilia
    Infraorder Iguania
    Family Phrynosomatidae
    Genus Callisaurus
    Scientific Name Callisaurus draconoides


    Size 2.5 to 4 in
    Color Gray to sandy brown generally with paired dark gray spots down the backs turning black bands on the tails; underside of the tail is white; males possess a pair of black uneven patches on the sides with blue patches on the belly
    Distribution Southwestern United States
    Habitat Open desert, plains
    Diet Insects like moths, ants and bees, also spiders and other smaller lizards; sometimes vegetation such as spring buds and flowers
    Hibernation Fact Hibernate twice in a year
    Predators Leopard lizard, red coachwhip snake, roadrunner
    Breeding Season May – August
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 2 to 8 eggs
    Incubation Period 48 to 62 days
    Reproductive Age 2 years of age
    Average Lifespan 3 to 4 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on February 3rd 2017 by under Lizards. Article was last reviewed on 13th June 2019.

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