Females have white or yellow bellies, but the males have very distinctive blue patches on the abdomen and throat although some are missing the blue throat patch. The males are typically a little bigger.
Predator and Prey
Territory And Habitat
The Sagebrush Lizard can live at elevations ranging from 500 to 10,500 feet. While preferring sagebrush, it can also be found in pine and fir forests, redwood forests, brushland, and pinyon-juniper woodlands. Sometimes they can be found sunning on logs or rock outcrops.
Courting and Mating
They mate in the spring and the females will have one or two clutches of four to five eggs, though it may range from two to ten eggs. They are laid during late spring to mid-summer. The eggs are laid about an inch deep in loose soil usually at the base of some brush. They hatch in 45 to 75 days. Young become sexually mature in the first or second year. If they are lucky they can reach a ripe old age of 6.
Did You Know?
Fort C.F. Smith, was the most isolated of the posts which guarded the Bozeman Trail. Active from August 1866 to July 1868, it was under constant threat from the Sioux and Northern Cheyenne tribes during Red Cloud’s War. The U.S. government was forced to abandon the fort and trail. Some historians have called this conflict, “the first war the United States ever lost.” More...