|In the U.S., the Mountain Spiny Lizard is found
only in southeastern portion of Arizona. As their name implies, they
in mountain areas in rocky canyons and hillsides in oak and pine forests
above 5,000 feet in elevation. In the lower elevation of their range
they tend to dwell near streams and canyon pools. The lizard
occasionally climbs trees, but is more often found perching on boulders.
The lizard at right was
photographed on Mount Graham in the Pinaleno Mountains.
Mountain Spiny Lizards feed on insects such as
grasshoppers, beetles, caterpillars, ants and wasps as well as spiders.
Both male and female lizards are territorial and will use displays such
as push ups or by extending their throat flaps to ward off intruders.
They will also charge and bite other lizards who don't heed these
warnings. The lizards seem to have little fear of humans. If you startle
one, stand still for a minute, the lizard will likely come back to