• Lower Cliff Dwelling

    Tonto

    National Monument Arizona

Tree Lizard

tree lizard

Tree Lizard

NPS Photo

Tree Lizard
Urosaurus ornatus

Body length: 1 1/2 - 2 1/4"
Diet: Insects and spiders

Tree lizards might just as appropriately be called "rock lizards". At Tonto National Monument, as in many other areas, they are most commonly seen on boulders and cliffs, including the walls of the cliff dwellings.

Tree lizards are generally drab-colored, blending easily into their surroundings. However, during the breeding season (spring and following the summer rains) male tree lizards can be seen out doing "push-ups" with all four legs. These push-ups flash the male's bright blue undersides, advertising his availability to potential mates.

Did You Know?

hillside with wildflowers

Spring can be a very colorful season at Tonto National Monument, but when will the wildflowers bloom? Rain is needed throughout the winter, and warm days are a good indicator of a full bloom ahead. If you miss the peak flowering season, remember that you’ve also missed the peak crowds. More...