|The Desert Spiny Lizard is found throughout
the western US. They
live mainly in arid and semi-arid desert,
grassland, and dry woodland areas where vegetation and rocks provide
good cover from predators. The
lizards are are great climbers and are sometimes found high above the
ground in trees.
The head of the female Desert
Spiny Lizard turns orange during breeding season.
These lizards can often be found hanging out on large
rocks basking in the sun or looking for food. They primarily eat
insects, but will also consume other lizards and plant matter. Breeding
occurs in early summer and females lay 7-19 eggs in mid-summer.
Hatchlings emerge 8-11 weeks later.