Blue Spiny Lizard

Sceloporus serrifer cyanogenys

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Blue Spiny Lizards are one of four recognised subspecies of Sceloporus serrifer, and are also known as the South-Western Fence Lizard or ‘Blue Bellies’ due to the vibrant blue colouration on the males’ throat and belly, which they display during courtship in breeding season.  Blue Spiny Lizards are closely related to Iguanas, which include the Green Iguana and Rhino Iguana.

Home: Western United States; North-Western Mexico.

Diet: Insectivorous; consuming ants, grasshoppers, flies, spiders and a variety of other small insects.

Lifestyle: Diurnal and terrestrial, inhabiting a variety of ecosystems such as semi-desert and grasslands, woodlands and conifer forests. Often found on boulders and rock outcroppings, or sheltering in holes and crevices from predators. Spiny Lizards will often drop their tail as a defence mechanism when threatened.

Young: Females will bear 6-18 live young.

Lifespan: 5 years.

Conservation Status: Least Concern, population is stable, however becoming fragmented due to cattle grazing in the Mexican portion of their home range.

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