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Side-blotched Lizard

Range:

Central Washington to tip of Baja, California, north Sinaloa and Durango; Pacific Coast to western Colorado and western Texas

Habitat:

The habitat varies: sand, rock, hardpan, or loam with vegetation of grass, bushes, and scattered trees. Often found along sandy washes where there are scattered rocks and low-growing bushes. Can be found in areas up to 9000 feet.

Characteristics:

On the under-surface of its long, tapering tail are horny scales which form a supplementary support and help the animal to climb and hold on to branches. A small brownish lizard with a bluish or black blotch on the side of the chest behind the axilla. Side blotch occasionally absent.

Behavior:

This lizard usually lives in rock crevices, a small mammal\\\'s empty hole or a gap under a stone. Spends most of its time on rising ground where it watches for insects. These lizards are very territorial. When a border transgression occurs, the legitimate proprietor rushes at the intruder making a threatening display to intimidate it. The side-blotched lizard lives in pairs.

Reproduction:

Oviparous. Female lay three clutches of two to six eggs and incubation lasts about 60 days. Young are two to three inches long at birth.

Interesting Facts:

The side-blotched lizard, known also as Stansbury\\\'s iguana, is a close relative of the large iguanas.

Side-blotched Lizard
Native Utah Animal
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Range
Class: reptile
Genus: Uta
Species: stansburiana
Length: 1 1/2- 5 1/2 inches
Average Lifespan: 7.5
Wild Diet: Insects, scorpions, spiders, mites, ticks, and sow bugs
USFWS Status: Not Listed
CITES Status: Not Listed


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