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California species of Fringe-toed Lizards - Uma

 






Similar Species:

Zebratail Lizard





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Fringe-toed lizards inhabit the southern deserts in areas with fine wind-blown sand, especially sand dunes.
They are usually seen basking on dunes in the morning, running quickly over sand into a bush, or diving into
loose sand and disappearing.

There are three species of Fringe-toed lizards in California, with no overlap in their ranges.
Check the range maps to determine which species is found in your area.


  Fringed-toe lizard toes  
Fringes on the toes help these lizards run quickly over areas of fine sand.


Colorado Desert Fringe-toed Lizard - Uma notata

Found in sandy areas in the Colorado Desert.
Colorado Desert Fringe-toed Lizard    Colorado Desert Fringe-toed Lizard Colorado Desert Fringe-toed Lizard range map
    Red: Distribution of Colorado Desert Fringe-toed Lizard in California


Mohave Fringe-toed Lizard - Uma scoparia

Found in sandy areas in the Mohave Desert.
Mohave Fringe-toed Lizard Mohave Fringe-toed Lizard Mohave Fringe-toed Lizard range map
    Red: Distribution of Mohave Fringe-toed Lizard in California


Coachella Fringe-toed Lizard - Uma inornata

Found in sandy areas in the Coachella Valley.
 Coachella Fringe-toed Lizard Coachella Fringe-toed Lizard Coachella Fringe-toed Lizard range map
    Red: Distribution of Coachella Fringe-toed Lizard
     
Comparisons of some physical features of Uma found in California

Coachella Fringe-toed Lizard
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Uma inornata
Colorado Desert Fringe-toed Lizard -
Uma notata
Mohave Fringe-toed Lizard -
Uma scoparia
Coachella Fringe-toed Lizard Coachella Fringe-toed Lizard Coachella Fringe-toed Lizard
Black blotches on the back merge to form broken lengthwise lines Black blotches on the back merge to form broken lengthwise lines Black blotches on the back do not merge - there are no broken lengthwise lines
Coachella Fringe-toed Lizard Coachella Fringe-toed Lizard Coachella Fringe-toed Lizard
Pale streaks on the throat are faded or absent at mid-throat Dark diagonal lines on the throat Dark lines on the lower throat form crescent-shaped markings
Coachella Fringe-toed Lizard Coachella Fringe-toed Lizard Coachella Fringe-toed Lizard
Underside is pale and unmarked.
(Fewer than 5 percent of lizards have a small dot or group of dots on the sides)




Underside has permanent orange or pinkish stripes on the sides Underside has a black mark
on the lower sides

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