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California Lizards Range Maps

A Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of California

These maps illustrate the general historic range of indigenous and alien 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.

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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: General area of intergradation                              
Red:  Elgaria multicarinata multicarinata -  
California Alligator Lizard

Blue: Elgaria multicarinata webbii -
San Diego Alligator Lizard


Orange: Elgaria multicarinata scincicauda -
Oregon Alligator Lizard


Gray: General 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  
Red: Anniella pulchra - Northern California Legless Lizard

Yellow/Black: Anniella pulchra nigra - Black Legless Lizard

Green: Anniella alexanderae - Temblor Legless Lizard

Pink: Anniella campi - Southern Sierra Legless Lizard

Blue: Anniella grinnelli - Bakersfield Legless Lizard

Orange: Anniella stebbinsi - Southern California 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: Coleonlyx 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 Chuckwalla  
Red: Heloderma suspectum cinctum - Banded Gila Monster
Red: Dipsosaurus dorsalis dorsalis - Desert Iguana Red: Sauromalus ater - 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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Baja California Brush Lizard Colorado River Tree Lizard Common Side-blotched Lizard  
Red: Urosaurus nigricaudus -
Baja California Brush 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  
       

Alien Species

 
   
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Green Anole Brown Anole Jackson's Chameleon  
Black dots: Anolis Carolinensis - Green Anole
Black dots: Anolis sagrei - Brown Anole
Red dots: Chamaeleo jacksonii - Jackson's Chameleon  
       
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Mediterranean Gecko Italian Wall Lizard Ringed Wall Gecko (White-spotted Wall Gecko)  
Black dots: Hemidactylus turcicus - Mediterranean Gecko Red dots: Podaris siculus - Italian Wall Lizard

Red dot: Tarentola annularis - Ringed Wall Gecko

 
       
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Indo-Pacific Gecko Moorish Gecko Gila Spotted Whiptail x Sonoran Spotted Whiptail  
Red dots: Hemidactylus garnotii Red dots: Tarentola mauritanica - Moorish Gecko

Red dot: Aspidoscelis flagellicauda x Aspidoscelis sonorae Complex  
       








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