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Western Side-blotched Lizard - Uta stansburiana elegans

Yarrow, 1882
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Adult male, La Paz County, Arizona Adult male, La Paz County, Arizona Adult male, La Paz County, Arizona Adult, La Paz County, Arizona
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Adult, Maricopa County, Arizona Adult, Maricopa County, Arizona Adult, Washington County, Utah Adult, Washington County, Utah
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Adult, Pima County, Arizona
Adult, Yuma County, Arizona Adult male, Coconino County
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Western Side-blotched Lizard Western Side-blotched Lizard    
Adult female, Coconino County
© Denise Kocek
Adult male, Coconino County
© Denise Kocek
   
       
Habitat
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Habitat, Maricopa County, Arizona Habitat, Washington County, Utah Habitat, La Paz County, Arizona  
 
   
Short Videos
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A male side-blotched lizard tries to pursuade a female, chasing her and displaying. She is not interested, so she runs off the rock into the San Diego County desert. Common Side-blotched lizards in the Mohave Desert in San Bernardino County bask on rocks, do territorial push-ups and move around in the desert. Walking through the San Bernardino County Mohave desert we discover several of these common lizards basking in the sun. A female side-blotched lizard in the San Diego County desert repeatedly goes in and out of a small hole under an exposed root, digging out the sand with her feet and pushing it lower with her body. It's the middle of the May breeding season, so maybe she is digging out a place to lay her eggs.
       



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