Greater Earless Lizard

The Greater Earless Lizard is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The Greater Earless Lizard (Cophosaurus texanus) is a species of earless lizard found in the southern United States, in the states of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, and in Mexico in the states of Sonora, Chihuahua, Durango, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, Zacatecas, and San Luis More

Greater Earless Lizards (Cophosaurus texanus) are found in rocky desert and upland areas in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Mexico. Here in the Sonoran Desert, these lizards are especially fond of sandy washes with large rocks. More

A fast, active species, the Greater Earless Lizard is found in both rocky and sandy habitats. Male earless lizards have a beautiful blue color on their lower belly, females do not. Females that have mated develop orange patches on their sides and throat. More

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Male Greater Earless Lizards have two black bars above their lower hip within a blue patch. Back color may blend to the color of their surroundings. They have no ear openings. When asserting territory, they may flatten their abdomens, flex their legs or do “pushups”. More

Female Greater Earless Lizards lack the black bars of the male; they have salmon-colored patches on their sides and throat when gravid (pregnant). Back color may blend to the color of their surroundings. They have no ear openings. More

The Greater Earless Lizard (Cophosaurus texanus) is a widespread southwestern lizard. It ranges across parts of Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and southward into Mexico. It inhabits a variety of habitats from desert to some montane scrub. There are several recognized subspecies. More

mid-body, and in greater earless lizards they are located just in front of the hind legs. How do earless lizards manage without ears? They don't. Earless lizards in fact do have ears, but no external ear openings. More

DIET: The Greater Earless Lizard feeds on a variety of insects including grasshoppers, butterflies, moths, bees, wasps, caterpillars, beetles, and ants. It also eats a variety of spiders. More

The Greater Earless Lizard is from the order Squamata. Species from this order are amphisbaenians, lizards or snakes. There are over 6,000 living species belonging to the squamata order - it is the largest order of all reptiles. More

Common names

Greater Earless Lizard in English - English
Lagartija-sorda mayor in Spanish - español
texanus: Texas Earless Lizard in English - English
Texas greater earless lizard in English - English

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Order : Squamata
Family : Phrynosomatidae
Genus : Cophosaurus
Species : Cophosaurus texanus
Authority : Troschel, 1852