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Southern Sagebrush Lizard

The Southern Sagebrush Lizard, Sceloporus graciosus, is a small gray or brown species of lizard with contrasting blotches or crossbars on the dorsum, and black bars on shoulder. It has a rusty color on the neck and on the sides of the body. The dorsal scales are weakly keeled and pointed. It has blue ventral patches, and has white patches behind its legs.

Younger lizards lack the blue throat and ventral patches. Male individuals have a swollen tail base with enlarged paired scales just posterior of the vent. Females have less vivid markings, and lack or have pale, reduced blue ventral patches. Adult sagebrush lizards grow to about two to three inches in length.

Southern Sagebrush Lizard


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