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Plateau Fence Lizard - Sceloporus tristichus

Cope in Yarrow 1875

(Northern Plateau Lizard, Plateau Fence Lizard)
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Formerly Sceloporus undulatus tristichus - Southern Plateau Lizard - a subspecies of the Eastern Fence Lizard

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  Adult male, Coconino County, Arizona  
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Adult male, Coconino County, Arizona Adult, Coconino County, Arizona
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Adult, Yavapai County, Arizona Adult, Yavapai County, Arizona Adult, Washington County, Utah
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On a Spring day in Washington County, Utah, a male plateau lizard moves up the branch where another male is sitting (left) they begin fighting and leap to the ground (center) and when the dust settles, the victor returns to his location on the branch (right).
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Adult, Coconino County, Arizona Adult, Coconino County, Arizona Adult, Coconino County, Arizona
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Adult, Coconino County, Arizona Adult, Coconino County, Arizona Adult, Coconino County, Arizona
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Adult, Pima County, Arizona Adult, Pima County, Arizona Juvenile, Washington County, Utah
     
Habitat
Habitat, Coconino County, Arizona Habitat, Coconino County, Arizona Habitat, Coconino County, Arizona
Plateau Fence Lizard habitat Plateau Fence Lizard habitat Plateau Fence Lizard habitat
Adult, basking in habitat,
Coconino County, Arizona
Habitat, Washington County, Utah Habitat, Washington County, Utah
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Habitat, Pima County, Arizona Habitat, Yavapai County, Arizona  
     
Short Video
  Plateau Fence Lizard  
  Two male plateau lizards battle for territory in Washington County, Utah. The victor returns to his tree branch and does a few puch-ups. You can also see photos of them above.  
 


 
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