Side-blotched lizard

The Side-blotched lizard is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

lizard A female side-blotched lizard on the prowl. Study: Female Lizards Have It AllBy Jennifer Viegas, Animal Planet News Nov. More

The common side-blotched lizard is common to abundant throughout arid and semi-arid regions of the state, excluding most of northern California, the Sacramento Valley, the Sierra-Cascade ranges, and several of the Channel Islands. More

The Common Side-blotched Lizard (Uta stansburiana) is a species of Side-blotched Lizard common on the Pacific coast of North America, from Washington to western Texas and NW Mexico. More

Side-blotched lizards are lizards of the genus Uta. They are some of the most abundant and commonly observed lizards in the deserts of western North America. They commonly grow to six inches including the tail, with the males normally being the larger sex. More

Side-blotched Lizards are petite lizards that are covered with fine granular scales with the exception of the tail, which has scales that are slightly keeled. More

The Common Side-blotched Lizard is one of the most commonly seen lizards in its dry western habitats. It lives on the ground and seldom climbs very high. More

Side-blotched lizards occur in the western United States, from Washington State south to Baja California and northern Mexico. More

The systematics and phylogeny of the side-blotched lizards is very confusing, with many local forms and morphs having been described as full species. More

Male Side-blotched Lizard; arrow indicates the "side blotch" on this dark lizard in breeding colors. Side-blotched Lizard (Uta stansburiana) On the bottom of Death Valley, this Side-blotched Lizard is quite pale and has yellow highlights. More

Nevada Side-blotched Lizards from the sagebrush desert of northern Inyo County. Description Size 1.5 - 2.5 inches long from snout to vent (3.8 - 6.3 cm). More

Side-blotched lizards are low on the food chain, falling prey to many predators, including desert scorpions. More

The Side-blotched Lizard is one of the most abundant and commonly observed lizards in the West's drier regions. This lizard is one of the first to appear in the spring and last to hibernate in the late fall. More

The common side-blotched lizard (Uta stansburiana) is among the most abundant lizards in the arid western United States. More

The Side-blotched Lizard ranges from central Washington through southern California and western Texas and is one of the most prevalent lizards in the dry and semiarid West. More

Side-blotched lizards were the most common lizards observed during a recent study of the herpetofauna (amphibians and reptiles) of Tonto National Monument. More

We first saw the side-blotched lizard on Anacapa Island. It eats insects. They can be found on rocks near the coastal plains. They are active all year. It is called the side-blotched lizard because it has a blotch on the side behind its front legs. More

HABITAT: The Common Side-blotched Lizard inhabits all four of our state’s desertscrub communities, Semidesert Grassland, Interior Chaparral, and Great Basin Grassland. It can be found in a wide variety of terrain types ranging from sand dunes to rocky hillsides. More

Size: The Side-blotched Lizard is small - snout-vent length about 2 1/4 inches (5.5 cm). More

The side-blotched lizard is found on rock outcroppings in the inner Coast Range of California, below. Photos: B. More

Side-blotched lizards are the most common lizards in the deserts of southern California. More

Common names

Common Side-blotched Lizard in English - English
Gemeiner Seitenfleckleguan in German - Deutsch
Lagartija-costado manchado común in Spanish - español
San Benito Island Lizard in English - English
side-blotched lizard in English - English
uniformis: Colorado Side-blotched Lizard in English - English

Picture of Uta stansburiana has been licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial.
Original source: Flickr
-Caleb Slemmons -Author: Caleb Slemmons
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Order : Squamata
Family : Phrynosomatidae
Genus : Uta
Species : Uta stansburiana
Authority : Baird and Girard, 1852