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Sagebrush Lizard

Sceloporus graciosus

 

This diurnal lizard is most active from mid morning through early afternoon. It hibernates during the cold months of fall and winter. It is usually encountered on the ground in the vicinity of cover but it occasionally climbs onto rocks, tree trunks, fence posts, and wood piles to bask.   It ranges across most of the northern Arizona plateau region including the Arizona Strip (land north of the Colorado River). In Arizona it is found at elevations ranging from about 4,000' to over 8,500'.

 

Walnut Canyon

Northern Arizona

August 2014

 

 

Sagebrush Lizard

Sceloporus graciosus

 

This diurnal lizard is most active from mid morning through early afternoon. It hibernates during the cold months of fall and winter. It is usually encountered on the ground in the vicinity of cover but it occasionally climbs onto rocks, tree trunks, fence posts, and wood piles to bask.   It ranges across most of the northern Arizona plateau region including the Arizona Strip (land north of the Colorado River). In Arizona it is found at elevations ranging from about 4,000' to over 8,500'.

 

Walnut Canyon

Northern Arizona

August 2014

 

 

comments (13)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 5 Mar 2015, 00:37
It looks a little like a skink, Elizabeth.

Nice composition with that grass spreading over the right side of the image.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I guess so - we don't have a lot of skinks around here...
Thank you very much - he posed quite nicely in just the right spot!
Wonderfully captured in that beautiful light Elizabeth!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you Richard! He was doing a good job of basking!
  • Lisl
  • Batheaston
  • 5 Mar 2015, 05:51
A super little creature, Elizabeth - I imagine they are as shy as ours are and difficult to photograph?
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I do love these, Lisl! The Sagebrush Lizard tends to be a bit more bold than many other lizards... much easier to photograph as long as you don't dilly dally! smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 5 Mar 2015, 06:31
A charming little creature
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: They are!
they are hard to spot
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I suppose that's their plan!
These creatures are always good to watch ELizabeth, I like them.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I like them very much, Chad - thank you!
You were spotted - and so is the lizard. smile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Yup!!
Now I wouldn't mind being in the vicinity of one of these little characters, quite photogenic isn't it. I learnt a new word today, diurnal, I will have to try and slide it into a conversation some time smile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: That's so funny, Brian. Frank says the same thing... But i just see snakes as legless lizards... not that much different in my mind! But apparently I'm in the minority there! smile
Diurnal is a terrific word - applies to many plants and animals, and some humans! smile
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Mar 2015, 12:28
I''m guessing that these aren't very big judging by the blades of grass. I'm seen plenty of lizards when in the south west but can't recall if they were the same as this.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I've seen some a little larger than this- but in general, there are few southwest lizards that are very large. You probably have seen the Sagebrush Lizard- but they tend to be a bit non-descript, so you may not have noted it!
nice point of view. i like the markings on the back
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you Ayush! They are brilliant at blending in!
You got a great shot of this little fella, Elizabeth, nicely composed too.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you Very much Frank! He posed nicely!
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 5 Mar 2015, 16:12
These can make you start if they suddenly dash across your sightline. Great capture Elizabeth
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Pretty much any animal will for me, Anne! smile Thank you!
A handsome fellow - or lady!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Right... I can't tell! smile

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