Common Sagebrush Lizard


Scientific name : Sceloporus graciosus

Family : Phrynosomatidae

Native to : Western parts of United States

Interesting fact : These lizards develop orange markings on the bodies announcing the breeding season.

Conservation status : Least Concern

They are named after the sagebrush plants in which they are found. The male has a patch of blue colour on each side of the belly and on the throat. They are active during the day but quickly run to cover if disturbed. They prey upon beetles, ants, termites and other bugs. Winter is spent hibernating inside burrows.

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