A Guide to the Amphibians
and Reptiles of California

Photo Index of California Lizards                  

These are pictures of every kind of native and well-established non-native lizards found in California.
When males and females differ significantly in appearance and when juveniles look significantly different from adults, they are also illustrated when possible.

Click on a name link to go to the main page for more pictures and information about a particular lizard and its habitat.

You can also look at an Expanded Photo Index of California Lizards, with maps, more pictures of each species, and a few identification tips.

More Lists And Information About California Lizards
San Francisco Alligator Lizard San Francisco Alligator Lizard Sierra Alligator Lizard
San Francisco Alligator Lizard - Elgaria coerulea coerulea
Sierra Alligator Lizard - Elgaria coerulea palmeri
Northwestern Alligator Lizard Shasta Alligator Lizard
Northwestern Alligator Lizard - Elgaria coerulea principis Shasta Alligator Lizard - Elgaria coerulea shastensis
California Alligator Lizard San Diego Alligator Lizard
Forest Alligator Lizard (California Alligator Lizard)
Elgaria multicarinata multicarinata
Woodland Alligator Lizard (San Diego Alligator Lizard)
Elgaria multicarinata webbii
California Legless Lizard California Legless Lizard California Legless Lizard
  © Alex Krohn © William Flaxington  
Panamint Alligator Lizard
Elgaria panamintina
Temblor Legless Lizard
Anniella alexanderae

Big Spring Legless Lizard
Anniella campi
Bakersfield Legless Lizard
Anniella grinnelli
California Legless Lizard
San Diegan Legless Lizard
Anniella stebbinsi
Northern Legless Lizard
Anniella pulchra
Black Legless Lizard
Anniella pulchra (dark phase)
Great Basin Collared Lizard
Crotaphytus bicinctores
Baja California Collared Lizard Long-nosed Leopard Lizard
Baja California Collared Lizard
Crotaphytus vestigium
Cope's Leopard Lizard
Gambelia copei
Blunt-nosed Leopard Lizard
Gambelia sila
Long-nosed Leopard Lizard
Gambelia wislizenii
Peninsular Banded Gecko San Diego Banded Gecko Peninsular Leaf-toed Gecko
© Stuart Young  
Peninsula Banded Gecko
Coleonyx switaki
San Diego Banded Gecko
Coleonlyx variegatus abbotti
Peninsula Leaf-toed Gecko
Phyllodactylus nocticolus
Desert Banded Gecko Desert Banded Gecko Desert Banded Gecko Desert Banded Gecko
Desert Banded Gecko - Coleonyx variegatus variegatus
Banded Gila Monster Common Chuckwalla Common Chuckwalla
    Adult © Adam Clause Juvenile © Jeremiah Easter
Banded Gila Monster
Heloderma suspectum cinctum
Northern Desert Iguana
Dipsosaurus dorsalis dorsalis
Common Chuckwalla
Sauromalus ater

Pygmy Short-horned Lizard
Western Zebra-tailed Lizard
Callisaurus draconoides rhodostictus
Mearns's Rock Lizard
Petrosaurus mearnsi mearnsi
Blainville's (Coast) Horned Lizard
Phrynosoma blainvillii
Pygmy Short-horned Lizard
Phrynosoma douglasii
Western Sagebrush Lizard
Flat-tailed Horned Lizard
Phrynosoma mcallii
Southern Desert Horned Lizard
Phrynosoma platyrhinos calidiarum
Northern Desert Horned Lizard
Phrynosoma platyrhinos platyrhinos
Western Sagebrush Lizard
Sceloporus graciosus gracilis
Southern Sagebrush Lizard
Northern Sagebrush Lizard
Sceloporus graciosus graciosus
Southern Sagebrush Lizard
Sceloporus graciosus vandenburgianus
Desert Spiny Lizard
Sceloporus magister
Island Fence Lizard
Sceloporus occidentalis becki
San Joaquin Fence Lizard
San Joaquin Fence Lizard
Sceloporus occidentalis biseriatus
Coast Range Fence Lizard
Sceloporus occidentalis bocourtii
Great Basin Fence Lizard
Sceloporus occidentalis longipes
Northwestern Fence Lizard
Sceloporus occidentalis occidentalis
Granite Spiny Lizard Male Granite Spiny Lizard
Sierra Fence Lizard
Sceloporus occidentalis taylori
Granite Spiny Lizard
Sceloporus orcutti
Yellow-backed Spiny Lizard
Sceloporus uniformis
Coachella Valley Fringe-toed Lizard Long-tailed Brush Lizard
Coachella Fringe-toed Lizard
Uma inornata
Colorado Desert Fringe-toed Lizard
Uma notata
Mohave Fringe-toed Lizard
Uma scoparia
Western Long-tailed Brush Lizard
Urosaurus graciosus graciosus
Baja California Brush Lizard Western Side-blotched Lizard
Small-scaled Lizard
Urosaurus microscutatus
Colorado River Tree Lizard
Urosaurus ornatus symmetricus
Western Side-blotched Lizard
Uta stansburiana elegans
Nevada Side-blotched Lizard
Uta stansburiana nevadensis
Variegated Skink Variegated Skink Variegated Skink
Variegated Skink - Plestiodon gilberti cancellosus
Greater Brown Skink Greater Brown Skink Greater Brown Skink
Greater Brown Skink - Plestiodon gilberti gilberti
Northern Brown Skink Northern Brown Skink Northern Brown Skink
Northern Brown Skink - Plestiodon gilberti placerensis
Gilbert's Skink Gilbert's Skink Gilbert's Skink
Western Red-tailed Skink - Plestiodon gilberti rubricaudatus
Skilton's Skink Skilton's Skink Skilton's Skink Gilbert Skink and Fence Lizard
Skilton's Skink - Plestiodon skiltonianus skiltonianus
Coronado Skink
Coronado Skink
Plestiodon skiltonianus interparietalis
Belding's Orange-throated Whiptail
Aspidoscelis hyperythra beldingi
San Diegan Tiger Whiptail
Aspidoscelis tigris stejnegeri
California Whiptail
Aspidoscelis tigris munda
Great Basin Whiptail
Aspidoscelis tigris tigris
Sandstone Night Lizard
Xantusia gracilis
Sierra Night Lizard
Xantusia sierrae
Granite Night Lizard San Nicolas Night Lizard
Granite Night Lizard
Xantusia henshawi
San Clemente Night Lizard
Xantusia riversiana reticulata
San Nicolas Night Lizard
Xantusia riversiana riversiana
Desert Night Lizard
Xantusia vigilis
Wiggins' Night Lizard
Xantusia wigginsi

Non-Native Species

California Legless Lizard
Green Anole Green Anole Green Anole
© Charles J. Sharp Green Phase Brown Phase Male Dsplaying Pink Dewlap
Bosc's Fringe-toed Lizard
Acanthodactylus boskianus
Green Anole - Anolis Carolinensis
Belding's Orange-throated Whiptail
Female Male Male Displahing Ornge Dewlap
Brown Anole - Anolis sagrei
Sonoran Spotted Whiptail
Aspidoscelis sonorae
lizard Mediterranean House Gecko
© Elliot Jaramillo © William Flaxington    
Rough-tailed Gecko Cyrtopodion scabrum Indo-Pacific Gecko
(Fox Gecko, Garnot's House Gecko)
Hemidactylus garnotii
Mediterranean Gecko
Hemidactylus turcicus
Italian Wall Lizard
Podaris siculus
wood slave Wood Slave San Francisco Alligator Lizard Moorish Wall Gecko
Dark phase Light phase © William Flaxington © Monte Lininger
Tropical House Gecko
(Wood Slave, etc.)
Hemidactylus mabouia
Ringed Wall Gecko
(White-spotted Wall Gecko)
Tarentola annularis
Moorish Gecko
Tarentola mauritanica
African Five-lined Skink Yellow-crested Jackson's Chameleon lizard
African Five-lined Skink
Trachylepis Quinquetaeniata
Jackson's Chameleon
Trioceros (Chamaeleo) jacksonii
Ocellated Bronze Skink
Chalides ocellatus
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