Family: Crotaphytidae, Collared and Leopard Lizards view all from this family
Description Males can be brown to orange and some red or pink on the belly. Females are more black or dark brown. Black/white collar on back of neck. Laterally flattened tail. Bueish/gray throat on males. Red spots on gravid females.
Dimensions 15.2-33cm. (6-13")
Warning Collared lizards have powerful jaws that can inflict a painful bite if the lizard is handled improperly.
Breeding May/June. 3-8 eggs in a clutch laid in summer.
Habitat Rocky terrain.
Range Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Arizona to se. California.
Discussion Diurnal. Bask on large boulders. Extremely wary, when midday temperatures reach high temperatures they're very hard to catch. Feed on insects and other lizards. Good as pets but will eat other lizards that share its tank.