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Cabeza Prieta Natural History Association
Sonoran Desert Reptiles
Urosaurus graciosus (Long-tailed Brush Lizard)



 Long-tailed Brush Lizard

Identification: 1 7/8 - 2 3/5 in. (4.7-6.6 cm). A well camouflaged, shrub or tree dweller; often lies motionless, with its slim body aligned with a branch. Tail long and slender - often twice as long as body. Gray above, with dusky to black crossbars, but when captured may change color from dark gray to pale beige in less than 5 minutes. Pale lateral stripe usually extends from upper jaw along each side of neck and body. Broad band of enlarged scales down middle of back. Well developed gular fold. Frontal usually divided. Male: Pale blue or greenish patch flecked with white on each side of belly, lacking in female. Both sexes may have a reddish, orange, or lemon yellow throat. Eats insects, spiders, and occasionally parts of plants.

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