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Sagebrush Lizard - Sceloporus graciosus - Subspecies in California

 









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Subspecies

Northern Sagebrush Lizard

Sceloporus graciosus graciosus


Western Sagebrush Lizard

Sceloporus graciosus gracilis

Southern Sagebrush Lizard

Sceloporus graciosus vandenburgianus

Number of scales between the interparietal and rear of the thigh 42 - 53 (average 48) 50 - 68 (average 61) 48 - 66k (average 55)
Other physical characteristics Dorsolateral striping. Indistinct dorsolateral striping.
White separating the blue patches
on the throat and venter.
More blue and less white in the throat and ventral patches, and often the ventral surface of the thigh and tail.
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Northern Sagebrush Lizard Western Sagebrush Lizard Southern Sagebrush Lizard
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  Western Sagebrush Lizard Southern Sagebrush Lizard
Subspecies

Northern Sagebrush Lizard

Sceloporus graciosus graciosus


Western Sagebrush Lizard

Sceloporus graciosus gracilis

Southern Sagebrush Lizard

Sceloporus graciosus vandenburgianus


From Mason J. Ryan p. 221 in Jones, Lawrence, Rob Lovich, editors. Lizards of the American Southwest: A Photographic Field Guide. Rio Nuevo Publishers, 2009.
range map
Orange: Western Sagebrush Lizard
Red: Northern Sagebrush Lizard
Blue: Southern Sagebrush Lizard
 

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