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long-nosed leopard lizard
Species in the genus Gambelia superficially resemble those of the genus Crotaphytus. However, one difference between the genera Gambelia and Crotaphytus is that leopard lizards have fracture planes in their tails, allowing the tails to break off when grasped by predators.
Three species are recognized.
- Gambelia copeii (Yarrow, 1882) – Cope's leopard lizard
- Gambelia sila (Stejneger, 1890) – blunt-nosed leopard lizard
- Gambelia wislizenii (Baird & Girard, 1852) – long-nosed leopard lizard
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- Baird SF. 1859. United States and Mexican Boundary Survey, Under the Order of Lieu. Col. W.H. Emory, Major First Cavalry, and United States Commissioner. [Volume 2, Part 2]. Reptiles of the Boundary, with Notes by the Naturalists of the Survey. Washington, District of Columbia: Department of the Interior. 35 pp. + Plates I-XLI. (Gambelia, new genus, p. 7).
- Smith HM, Brodie ED Jr. 1982. Reptiles of North America: A Guide to Field Identification. New York: Golden Press. 240 pp. ISBN 0-307-13666-3. (Genus Gambelia, p. 108).
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