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Greater Earless Lizard Cophosaurus texanus


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Greater Earless Lizard, male
credit: Dschwen

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Family: Phrynosomatidae, Earless and Horned Lizards view all from this family

Description Characterized by the lack of external ear openings, which is presumably to prevent sand from entering their body while they dig. They are normally an overall tan or grey color, reflecting the color of the sand and rocks in their native habitat for camouflage, with black, brown or white spotting.

Dimensions 8-18cm. (3 1/4-7 1/4")

Subspecies Texas - found in New Mexico and Texas.
Chihuahuan - Arizona, New Mexico to Texas and Mexico.

Breeding March-August, 5 eggs, 25 per season.

Habitat Limestone cliffs, broken rocks and sandy streambeds.

Range Arizona through Texas and Mexico.

Discussion Diurnal. Active during the day to hunt prey. When it runs it displays black bands on underside of tail by curving tail over its back.