Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Southern Sagebrush Lizard

The southern sagebrush lizard is located in the transverse (San Gabriel and San Bernardino Mountains) and peninsular ranges (Santa Ana, San Jacinto and Laguna Mountains) of Southern California and a small area of Baja California. It resembles the Great Basin fence lizard but is smaller and the scales are not as keeled. It is gray or brown above and usually has blotches or crossbars and light stripes on the upper sides. It usually has a bar of black on the shoulder. The one below was photographed in Mission Creek Canyon in the San Bernardino Mountains.
A closer view of the back scalses.

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