California Lizards Range Maps

A Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of California

These maps illustrate the general historic range of all of the native and established non-native lizards found 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

More Lists And Information About California Lizards

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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                

Dark 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)

Dark 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

Dark 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

Dark 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 Dark 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's Rock Lizard Blainville's Horned Lizard  
Red: Callisaurus draconoides rhodostictus -
Western Zebra-tailed Lizard

Red: Petrosaurus mearnsi mearnsi - Mearns' Rock Lizard
Red: Phrynosoma blainvillii - Blainville's Horned Lizard
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Pygmy Short-horned Lizard Flat-tailed Horned Lizard Desert Horned Lizard  
Red: Phrynosoma douglasii - Pygmy Short-horned Lizard

Red: Phrynosoma mcallii - Flat-tailed Horned Lizard Red: Phrynosoma platyrhinos calidiarum -
Southern Desert Horned Lizard

Dark Blue: Phrynosoma platyrhinos platyrhinos -
Northern Desert Horned Lizard

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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

Dark Blue: Sceloporus graciosus vandenburgianus -
 Southern Sagebrush Lizard

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

Bright Blue: Sceloporus occidentalis biseriatus -
San Joaquin Fence Lizard

Dark 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

Dark 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

Dark 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

Dark Purple: 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  
Dark 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

Dark Blue: Xantusia sierrae - Sierra Night Lizard

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

Non-Native Species

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Green Anole Brown Anole Sonoran Spotted Whiptail  
Red: Anolis Carolinensis - Green Anole
Black dots: Anolis sagrei - Brown Anole
Red: Aspidoscelis sonorae - Sonoran Spotted Whiptail  
Peninsular Banded Gecko California Range Map range map Bande Gila Monster California Range Map  
Rough-tailed Gecko
(Keeled Rock Gecko, Bow-footed Gecko, Rough-tailed Bowfoot Gecko, Rough Bent-toed Gecko, Common Tuberculate Ground Gecko, Keeled Gecko)
Indo-Pacific Gecko
(Fox Gecko, Garnot's House Gecko)
Tropical House Gecko
(Wood Slave, African House Gecko, etc.)
Red: Cyrtopodion scabrum Red: Hemidactylus garnotii Red: Hemidactylus mabouia  
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Mediterranean Gecko Italian Wall Lizard Ringed Wall Gecko
(White-spotted Wall Gecko)
Red: Hemidactylus turcicus - Mediterranean Gecko Red: Podaris siculus - Italian Wall Lizard

Red: Tarentola annularis - Ringed Wall Gecko

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Moorish Gecko African Five-lined Skink Jackson's Chameleon  
Red dots: Tarentola mauritanica - Moorish Gecko

Red dot: Trachylepis Quinquetaeniata Red dots: Trioceros (Chamaeleo) jacksonii -
Jackson's Chameleon
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Ocellated Skink      
Red dots: Chalcides ocellatus      

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