Ornate Tree Lizards are 4.5 - 6.25 inches in length (including
the tail) and
brown to gray , with dark crossbands and blotches. Males have bright blue
patches on their bellies and blue to yellow-orange patches on their throats.
Females have no belly patch and white, yellow or orange throats. The lizards
range throughout the southwest and prefer arid regions, often near streams and
Ornate Tree Lizards are difficult to
photograph since they often shift their position to the opposite site of
a tree, branch or rock when approached.
Ornate Tree Lizards are active during the day (diurnal) and
are often found in pairs or groups. As their name suggests, they are good
climbers and can often be found in shrubs or small trees. The lizard is most
commonly encountered in the morning and late afternoon as it forages for
insects, spiders and centipedes. Females lay up to six clutches of 2-16 eggs
between March and August. Hatchlings appear between July and October.