A Guide to the Amphibians
and Reptiles of California

Common Side-blotched Lizards - Uta stansburiana


observation link


There are two subspecies of Common Side-blotched Lizards in California. They are very similar in appearance, but the Nevada Side-blotched Lizard usually has a more reduced, often uniform pattern consisting of mostly scattered light and dark spotting.

The best thing to do is check the range map (to the left) to find out which one is in your area. The only area where you have some confusion is in the Owens Valley where the two subspecies come into contact.

Uta stansburiana elegans - Western Side-blotched Lizard
lizard lizard
lizard lizard lizard
  Western Side-blotched Lizard  
  This picture shows the difference in color and pattern (not size) between an adult female Side-blotched lizard (above) and juvenile Western Fence Lizards (below.) © Mark Miller  
Uta stansburiana nevadensis - Nevada Side-blotched Lizard
lizard lizard
Red: Western Side-blotched Lizard
Blue: Nevada Side-blotched Lizard

Home Site Map About Us Identification Lists Maps Photos More Lists CA Snakes CA Lizards CA Turtles CA Salamanders CA Frogs
Contact Us Usage Resources Rattlesnakes Sounds Videos FieldHerping Yard Herps Behavior Herp Fun CA Regulations
Beyond CA All Herps

Return to the Top

 © 2000 -