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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata
Family:Iguanidae
Genus:Scleroporus
Genus species:Sceloporus magister

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:22-35 cm
Identification:The desert spiny lizard has large scales and a dark shoulder spot. Males have an iridescent blue-violet center on their back and a green-blue color on their sides and tail.
Habitat:Deserts, semi deserts
Diet:Carnivore: arthropods, lizards
Reproduction:Mating occurs in the late summer. After an incubation period of 1-3 months, the eggs hatch in August or September. Females may lay 1-3 clutches a year, each with 4-12 eggs.
Desert spiny lizards form groups. As adults, females frequently stay in the area they were born. Young males, however, are not tolerated by the dominant male once they mature, and they are forced to move on and establish their own territory.
Behavior:Desert spiny lizards are diurnal and hibernate during the winter.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Common predators of the desert spiny lizard include roadrunners, hawks, snakes, and bullfrogs. A young male can postpone his expulsion from a territory for a while by repeatedly slipping back into the conspicuous brown juvenile color.

Other Information

Geographic:Southern North America Date:1967-03 Subjects:herptile
Desert spiny lizard
reptile
Sceloporus
Phrynosomatidae
Lizards
Squamata
Reptiles
Vertebrates
Chordata
Predatory animal