Common sagebrush lizard on rock, Lockhard Basin road, Monticello UT, October 8, 2015

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Common Sagebrush Lizard, Lockhard Basin Road, Monticello UT

October 8, 2015

Common Sagebrush Lizard, Sceloporus graciosus

The common sagebrush lizard, Sceloporus graciosus, is a small to medium size (5" to 6") lizard that occurs throughout much of the western United States, and is common throughout most of Utah. As its name implies, the common sagebrush lizard is usually found in sagebrush habitat, but it also occurs in many other types of habitat, including pinyon-juniper areas and open forests. Common sagebrush lizards become inactive during the cold winter months, often using stone piles, shrubs, or rodent burrows for cover.

Reproduction occurs from mid-May to July, with one or two clutches of one to eight eggs being laid annually. Eggs hatch approximately two months after they are laid.

Common sagebrush lizards are gray, greenish-gray, or brown above, with blue belly patches. They eat invertebrates, primarily insects and spiders.

Quoted from: Utah Division of Wildlife Resources