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Reptiles and Amphibians of North Dakota

Sagebrush Lizard (Sceloporus graciosus)

species distribution map JPG -- Species Photo

Sagebrush lizards are small, reclusive, and extremely quick. This may account for the scarcity of sightings in North Dakota. They have been collected in the badlands near Medora and southward. They seem to prefer rocky areas near water and adjacent areas of sandy soil and sagebrush.

Local residents sometime refer to these lizards as "bluebellies" because of the bright blue patches on their undersides.

Sagebrush lizards eat a wide variety of insects.

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