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The collared lizard is widespread throughout the United States.
Collared lizards are found in rocky areas of a variety of habitats, usually in areas with open vegetation.
Females lay 1 to 13 eggs and are capable of reproducing more than once a year.
Eastern Collared Lizards live 5-8 years.
About the Eastern Collared Lizard
Collared lizards are capable of running swiftly on their hind legs. The stride is up to 3 times the length of the body. They do not lose their tails easily, as they are useful in maintaining balance as the lizards sprint on hind legs. If confronted by a predator, collared lizards quickly dive into rock crevices to avoid being eaten.
These lizards often sit on large rocks basking in the sun and looking out for other individuals or food. Collared lizards primarily eat grasshoppers, but also eat other insects as well as lizards, including their own species.
Did you know?
The common name "collared lizard" comes from the lizard's distinct coloration, which includes bands of black around the neck and shoulders that look like a collar.