California rock lizard

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California rock lizards - Petrosaurus
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Baja blue rock lizard
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Iguania
Family: Phrynosomatidae
Genus: Petrosaurus
Boulenger, 1885[1]
Species

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The California rock lizards are a genus (Petrosaurus) of New World lizards in the family Phrynosomatidae.[2]

Geographic range[edit]

They are endemic to southern California and Baja California, Mexico.[3]

Habitat[edit]

This type of lizard lives almost exclusively on rock outcrops, boulder piles, and canyon walls, where it shelters under rocks; the habitat is arid and semiarid foothills and canyons along the western margin of the Colorado Desert.[4]

Reproduction[edit]

The courtship begins shortly after emergence in early spring; the eggs are laid around June and July.

Predators[edit]

The few predators that could pursue this lizard are collared lizards and avian predators, such as hawks, ravens, and roadrunners.

Species[edit]

The genus Petrosaurus contains three species.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dahms Tierleben. www.dahmstierleben.de.
  2. ^ Smith, H.M. and E.D. Brodie, Jr. 1982. Reptiles of North America, A Guide to Field Identification. Golden Press. New York. pp. 110-111.
  3. ^ Stejneger, Leonhard and Thomas Barbour. 1917. A Check List of North American Amphibians and Reptiles. Harvard University Press. Cambridge, Massachusetts. pp. 50-52.
  4. ^ http://www.socalcamping.com/fieldguide/reptile/bandedrocklizard.html
  5. ^ The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.