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.

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26260 N AZ Hwy 188 Lot 2
Roosevelt, AZ 85545


(928) 467-2241
Please call if you have any question on Tonto National Monument or the cliff dwellings. Call to check availability and book a guided tour for the Upper Cliff Dwelling (November through April).

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