Granite spiny lizard

The Granite 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.

The Granite Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus orcutti) is a species of lizards, between 7.6 and 10.8 cm long. Its dorsal scales are strongly keeled and pointed on its body and tail. It has a wide purple mid-dorsal stripe. More

Granite Spiny Lizard close-up of scales Granite Spiny Lizard close-up of belly Juvenile Riverside County More

The Granite Spiny Lizard is its own species of LIzard, and ranges between 7 and 10 inches long. It is distinguished by strongly keeled dorsal scales that are very pointed on both body and tail. More

granite spiny lizard This is a different granite spiny lizard. More

The Granite 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

The granite spiny lizards were really annoying on this extremely hot morning. I saw a lot of them in about an hour and a half (20, but who's counting?), but couldn't get near enough to any of them to get a decent close-up photo. More

Common names

granite spiny lizard in English - English
Lagartija-escamosa de granito in Spanish - espaƱol

Order : Squamata
Family : Phrynosomatidae
Genus : Sceloporus
Species : Sceloporus orcutti
Authority : Stejneger, 1893