California Lizards Range Maps

A Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of California

These maps illustrate the general historic range of indigenous and established non-native lizards in California.

Red, or another color indicated below the map, shows this distribution. Lizards of the species or subspecies shown are expected to be found within the illustrated area in places where suitable habitat and conditions occur. In some cases, the current range may be fragmented or considerably diminished from the range illustrated here.

Click on the name link for pictures and information about a particular lizard.

Click on a map for a topographical view

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Northern Alligator Lizard Southern Alligator Lizard Panamint Alligator Lizard  
Red: Elgaria coerulea coerulea - San Francisco Alligator Lizard

Orange: E. c. palmeri - Sierra Alligator Lizard                

Blue:  E. c. shastensis - Shasta Alligator Lizard        

Purple: E. c. principis - Northwestern Alligator Lizard  

Gray: Approximate area of intergradation                              
Red:  Elgaria multicarinata multicarinata -  
Forest Alligator Lizard
(California Alligator Lizard)

Blue: Elgaria multicarinata webbii -
Woodland Alligator Lizard
(San Diego Alligator Lizard)

Gray: Approximate area of intergradation            
Red: Elgaria panamintina - Panamint Alligator Lizard  
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North American Legless Lizards Great Basin Collared Lizard Baja California Collared Lizard  
Green: Anniella alexanderae - Temblor Legless Lizard

Pink: Anniella campi - Big Spring Legless Lizard

Blue: Anniella grinnelli - Bakersfield Legless Lizard

Red: Anniella pulchra - Northern Legless Lizard

Yellow/Black: Anniella pulchra nigra - Black Legless Lizard

Orange: Anniella stebbinsi - San Diegan Legless Lizard

Gray: Area where Anniella are present but the species has not yet been determined.
Red: Crotaphytus bicinctores - Great Basin Collared Lizard

Red: Crotaphytus vestigium - Baja California Collared Lizard  
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Cope's Leopard Lizard Blunt-nosed Leopard Lizard Long-nosed Leopard Lizard  
Red: Gambelia copei - Cope's Leopard Lizard
Red: Gambelia sila - Blunt-nosed Leopard Lizard Red: Gambelia wislizenii - Long-nosed Leopard Lizard

Blue: Hybrids with Gambelia sila
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Peninsula Banded Gecko Western Banded Gecko Peninsula Leaf-toed Gecko  
Red: Coleonyx switaki switaki - Peninsula Banded Gecko Blue: Coleonyx variegatus abbotti - San Diego Banded Gecko

Red: Coleonyx variegatus variegatus -  Desert Banded Gecko
Red: Phyllodactylus nocticolus - Peninsular Leaf-toed Gecko  
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Banded Gila Monster Desert Iguana Common Chuckwalla  
Red: Heloderma suspectum cinctum - Banded Gila Monster
Red: Dipsosaurus dorsalis dorsalis - Desert Iguana Red: Sauromalus ater - Common Chuckwalla  
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Western Zebra-tailed Lizard Mearns' Rock Lizard Blainville's Horned Lizard  
Red: Callisaurus draconoides rhodostictus -
Western Zebra-tailed Lizard

Red: Petrosaurus mearnsi mearnsi - Mearns' Rock Lizard

(Banded Rock Lizard)
Red: Phrynosoma blainvillii - Blainville's Horned Lizard

(= Anota coronatum) (=
Coast Horned Lizard)
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Pygmy Short-horned Lizard Flat-tailed Horned Lizard Desert Horned Lizard  
Red: Phrynosoma douglasii - Pygmy Short-horned Lizard

(=Tapaja douglasii)

Red: Phrynosoma mcallii - Flat-tailed Horned Lizard

(= Anota mcallii)
Red: Phrynosoma platyrhinos calidiarum -
Southern Desert Horned Lizard

(= Doliosaurus platyrhinos calidiarum)

Blue: Phrynosoma platyrhinos platyrhinos -
Northern Desert Horned Lizard

(= Doliosaurus platyrhinos platyrhinos)
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Common Sagebrush Lizard Desert Spiny Lizard Western Fence Lizard  
Orange: Sceloporus graciosus gracilis -
 Western Sagebrush Lizard

Red: Sceloporus graciosus graciosus -
 Northern Sagebrush Lizard

Blue: Sceloporus graciosus vandenburgianus -
 Southern Sagebrush Lizard

Red: Sceloporus magister - Desert Spiny Lizard Bright Green: Sceloporus occidentalis becki -
 Island Fence Lizard

Light blue: Sceloporus occidentalis biseriatus -
San Joaquin Fence Lizard

Blue: Sceloporus occidentalis bocourtii -
Coast Range Fence Lizard

Orange: Sceloporus occidentalis longipes -
 Great Basin Fence Lizard

Red: Sceloporus occidentalis occidentalis -
Northwestern Fence Lizard

Purple: Sceloporus occidentalis taylori -
Sierra Fence Lizard

Dark Gray: Hybrid Zones                       
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Granite Spiny Lizard Yellow-backed Spiny Lizard Coachella Fringe-toed Lizard  
Red: Sceloporus orcutti - Granite Spiny Lizard
Red: Sceloporus uniformis - Yellow-backed Spiny Lizard Red: Uma inornata - Coachlla Fringe-toed Lizard  
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Colorado Desert Fringe-toed Lizard Mohave Fringe-toed Lizard Long-tailed Brush Lizard  
Red: Uma notata - Colorado Desert Fringe-toed Lizard
Red: Uma scoparia - Mohave Fringe-toed Lizard
Red: Urosaurus graciosus graciosus -
Western Long-tailed Brush Lizard
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Small-scaled Lizard Colorado River Tree Lizard Common Side-blotched Lizard  
Red: Urosaurus microscutatus -
Small-scaled Lizard

Red: Urosaurus ornatus symmetricus -
Colorado River Tree Lizard
Red:  Uta stansburiana elegans -
Western Side-blotched Lizard

Blue: Uta stansburiana nevadensis -
Nevada Side-blotched Lizard

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Gilbert's Skink Western Skink Belding's Orange-throated Whiptail  
Orange: Plestiodon gilberti cancellosus -  
Variegated Skink

Blue: Plestiodon gilberti gilberti -
 Greater Brown Skink

Purple: Plestiodon gilberti placerensis -
 Northern Brown Skink

Red: Plestiodon gilberti rubricaudatus -
 Western Red-tailed Skink

Gray: General area of intergradation      
Red: Plestiodon skiltonianus skiltonianus -  Skilton's Skink

Blue: Plestiodon skiltonianus  interparietalis - Coronado Skink

Gray: Intergrade Area                              
Red: Aspidoscelis hyperythra beldingi -
Belding's Orange-throated Whiptail
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Tiger Whiptail Sandstone Night Lizard Granite Night Lizard  
Blue: Aspidoscelis tigris stejnegeri - San Diegan Tiger Whiptail

Orange: Aspidoscelis tigris munda - California Whiptail

Red: Aspidoscelis tigris tigris - Great Basin Whiptail                       
Red dot: Xantusia gracilis - Sandstone Night Lizard Red: Xantusia henshawi - Granite Night Lizard  
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Island NIght Lizard Sierra NIght Lizard + Desert Night Lizard Wiggins' Night Lizard  
Red: Xantusia riversiana reticulata -
San Clemente Night Lizard

Bright Green: Xantusia riversiana riversiana -
San Nicolas Night Lizard

Blue: Xantusia sierrae - Sierra Night Lizard

Red: Xantusia vigilis - Yucca Night Lizard
Red dots: Xantusia wigginsi - Wiggins' Night Lizard  

Non-Native Species

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Green Anole Brown Anole Sonoran Spotted Whiptail  
Black dots: Anolis Carolinensis - Green Anole
Black dots: Anolis sagrei - Brown Anole
Red dot: Aspidoscelis sonorae - Sonoran Spotted Whiptail  
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Indo-Pacific Gecko
(Fox Gecko, Garnot's House Gecko)
Tropical House Gecko
(Wood Slave, African House Gecko, etc.)
Mediterranean Gecko  
Red dots: Hemidactylus garnotii Red dots: Hemidactylus mabouia Black dots: Hemidactylus turcicus - Mediterranean Gecko  
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Italian Wall Lizard Ringed Wall Gecko
(White-spotted Wall Gecko)
Moorish Gecko  
Red dots: Podaris siculus - Italian Wall Lizard

Red dot: Tarentola annularis - Ringed Wall Gecko

Red dots: Tarentola mauritanica - Moorish Gecko

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African Five-lined Skink Jackson's Chameleon    
Red dot: Trachylepis Quinquetaeniata Red dots: Trioceros (Chamaeleo) jacksonii -
Jackson's Chameleon

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