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Baja California Brush Lizard - Urosaurus nigricaudus

(Cope, 1864)
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Adult male, Bahia de los Angeles, Baja California
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Adult male, Rancho Verde, Baja California Sur Adult, east of La Paz, Baja California Sur
© Jackson Shedd
Black-tailed Brush Lizard Black-tailed Brush Lizard  
Gravid female, Bahia de Los Angeles, Baja California © Stuart Young  
     
Habitat
Black-tailed Brush Lizard habitat Black-tailed Brush Lizard habitat Black-tailed Brush Lizard habitat
Habitat, Rancho Verde,
Baja California Sur
Habitat, near Bahia de los Angeles,
Baja California
Habitat, east of La Paz,
Baja California Sur © Jackson Shedd
  Red-spotted Toad habitat  
  Habitat, Baja California Sur
© William Flaxington
 
     
Short Videos of this Species
Baja California Brush Lizard Baja California Brush Lizard Baja California Brush Lizard noosing
Some good looks at a camera-tolerant female brush lizard before she bolts, with some impressive tail wagging. A female brush lizard does a few push-up displays and some tail wagging. This video shows how to noose a lizard. Notice the lizard's defensive push-up behavior towards the noose. After a missed attempt, Stuart finally gets the noose around the lizard's neck and pulls him off the rock, being careful not to injure him. It's a colorful male Baja California Brush Lizard. After we admire him, he is put back on his boulder.


References:

Grismer, L. Lee. Amphibians and Reptiles of Baja California, Including Its Pacific Islands and the Islands in the Sea of Cortés. The University of California Press, 2002.

McPeak, Ron H. Amphibians and Reptiles of Baja California. Sea Challengers, 2000.

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