Clark's spiny lizard

The Clark's spiny lizard is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

HABITAT: Clark's Spiny Lizard is found in a variety of biotic communities including Arizona Upland Sonoran Desertscrub, Semidesert Grassland, Interior Chaparral, Madrean Evergreen Woodland and Great Basin Conifer Woodland. It is usually encountered on lower mountain slopes, in foothills, and along riparian corridors. More

didn't realize that Clark's Spiny Lizards lived this far north. But it turns out that both species live in the red rock desert around Sedona, and the ones I photographed were definitely Clark's. More

The Clark's spiny lizard is named for John H. Clark, who collected the first specimen known to science during an expedition to survey the US-Mexico boundary in 1851. More

Clark's Spiny Lizards vary in color from gray to brown, but whatever their base coloration, they often have a blue tint to their scales. The males have a sapphire-blue throat (barely visible in the above photo). More

The Clark's Spiny 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

Clark's spiny lizard (Sceloporus clarkii) Potential Distribution Map * Resource Identifier: More

Common names

boulengeri: Stejneger?s Spiny Lizard in English - English
clark's spiny lizard in English - English

Order : Squamata
Family : Phrynosomatidae
Genus : Sceloporus
Species : Sceloporus clarkii
Authority : Baird and Girard, 1852