Granite spiny lizard
|Granite spiny lizard|
The granite spiny lizard is 7.6–10.8 cm (3.0–4.3 in) snout-to-vent length. Maximum total length including the tail is 28.9 cm (11.4 in). Its dorsal scales are strongly keeled and pointed on its body and tail. It has a wide purple mid-dorsal stripe. The males of the species have yellow-green and blue-centered scales on the body; juveniles and females have distinct yellow-tan transverse bands on their body and tail. Additionally, the male has deep-blue ventral patches on its chest and throat and femoral pores.
The granite spiny lizard is a colorful species that can be observed perched atop boulders from considerable distance. This species is primarily associated with rocky hillsides and outcrops. They have been known to try to mate with other members of their sex.
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