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Clark's Spiny Lizard Sceloporus clarkii


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Clark's Spiny Lizard
credit: Muriel Neddermeyer/CCSA

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

Description Back has green sheen, crossbands on forelegs. Incomplete collar. Blue throat and belly patches on males. None on females.

Dimensions 19-32.5cm. (71/2-12 13/16")

Subspecies Sonoran Spiny Lizard - body has crossbands. Arizona to New mexico & Mexico.
Plateau Spiny Lizard - dark crossbands on adults. Colorado Plateau, Arizona.

Breeding May-Novemeber. 4-22 eggs in a clutch. Sometimes multiple clutches in a season.

Habitat Semi-arid rock piles and outcroppings.

Range Arizona, New Mexico to Mexico.

Discussion Diurnal. Found more often in trees than on rocks, at height of up to 30'. Hides in rat nests on branches. If threatened will sprint to other side of tree. Diet includes insects, leaves and tree blossoms.