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Lizards of Joshua Tree National Park

Desert Banded Gecko
Coleonyx variegatus variegatus
Most common in sandy flats; occasional in canyons and rocky areas (common)

Northern Desert Iguana
Dipsosaurus dorsalis dorsalis
Most common on sandy flats, dunes, and washes but also along rocky washes and on alluvial fans (common)

Mojave Collared Lizard
Crotaphytus bicinctores
Rocky slopes, rock outcrops of gullies, and boulder-strewn alluvial fans (common)

Long-nosed Leopard Lizard
Gambelia wislizenii wislizenii
Open sandy or gravelly flats and plains; less commonly in rocky areas (common)

Western Chuckwalla
Sauromalus ater obesus
Rocky outcrops, rocky canyons, rocky slopes, and alluvial fans (special concern)

Mojave Zebra-tailed Lizard
Callisaurus draconoides rhodostictus
Open areas of sandy and gravelly desert flats, sandy washes, and alluvial fans (common)

San Diego Horned Lizard
Phrynosoma coronatum blainvillii
Northwest section where loose, fine soil with high sand content is present (threatened)

Southern Desert Horned Lizard
Phrynosoma platyrhinos calidiarum
Sandy flats and canyon bottoms (common)

Yellow-backed Spiny Lizard
Sceloporus magister uniformis
Most abundant in the Joshua tree woodland; Occasionally on rock outcrops (common)

Great Basin Fence Lizard
Sceloporus biseriatus longipes
Rocky outcrops above 3,000 feet (common)

Mojave Fringe-toed Lizard
Uma scoparia
Wind-blown sand of dry lake beds, washes, and sand dunes (special concern)

Western Brush Lizard
Urosaurus graciosus graciosus
Bushes and small trees; also in clumps of galleta grass, Pleuraphis rigida (common)

Desert Side-blotched Lizard
Uta stansburiana stejnegeri
Open, sunny ground Usually some rocks and loose soil are present (common)

Desert Night Lizard
Xantusia vigilis vigilis
Most common in Joshua tree woodland, especially within fallen branches of Joshua trees and yuccas (common)

Great Basin Whiptail
Aspidoscelis tigris tigris
Most common in areas where vegetation is densest (common)

Western Red-tailed Skink
Eumeces gilberti rubricaudatus
Prefers moderately damp areas; northwest section (common)

San Diego Alligator Lizard
Elgaria multicarinata webbii
Prefers moderately damp areas; northwest section (common)

Silvery Legless Lizard
Anniella pulchra pulchra
Sandy or loose loamy soils with some moisture; northwest section (special concern)

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