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Species page for: Collared Lizard (genus : Crotaphytus)


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A brief snippet about Collared Lizard (genus : Crotaphytus)

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Natural Habitat
Baja California Collared Lizard -

Crotaphytus vestigium Baja California Collared Lizard CROTAPHYTIDAE Crotaphytus is from the Greek krotaphos, meaning the side of the head or temple region, and phyton, a creature or animal. It refers to the large jaw musculature of these carnivorous lizards. Vestigium, from the Latin, meaning a trace, refers to their reduced collars. In Spanish, the Baja California Collared Lizard is called escorpión, a general name for most lizards. An older scientific name for this species was Crotalus insularis vestigium.

Collared Lizard or Crevice Lizard: Stats & Facts

Veterinary & Aquatic Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith, Inc.
Crotaphytus or Sceloporus, respectively
The color of Collared or Crevice Lizards can vary from tan and brown to brilliant greens and blues. Their needs vary by place of origin.

Common Collared Lizard -

Collared lizards are capable of running swiftly on their hind legs, the body held off the ground at a 45° angle, with tail and forelimbs raised. The stride is up to 3 times the length of the body. They do not lose their tails easily, as they are useful in maintaining balance as the lizards sprint on hind legs.

Eastern Collared Lizard By John Gifford

So named because of the dark lines around its neck, the Eastern Collared Lizard (Crotaphytus collaris collaris) is probably better known by Oklahomans as the “mountain boomer.”

Great Basin Collared Lizard (Crotaphytus bicinctores )

California Good Pics Size 2.5 - 4 3/8 inches long (8.6 - 11.2 cm) excluding tail. The tail is often twice the length of the body. Appearance A large lizard with a broad-head, a narrow-neck with a pair of black bands, large rear legs, and a long thick tail. Often described as looking like a small "dinosaur". Color above is brown to olive with many small white spots and dashes and brown or reddish-orange crossbands. These crossbands are more pronounced on males. Females are not as brightly-colored as males, except when breeding when they develop reddish-orange bars and spots on the neck and body.

Illinois Natural History Survey

This lizard looks like it would be more at home in the deserts of Arizona than in Illinois. Male frequently sits on the top of the highest rock in its home range as if to advertise its presence.

Mojave Black-collared Lizard (Crotaphytus bicinctores)

General Description: Mojave Black-collared Lizards are large headed, big bodied lizards with two distinct black collars separated by a white band. The dorsal coloration can range from a light tan to gray or reddish-brown, and is marked by fuzzy crossbands that are a lighter shade of tan or brown. There are usually light spots or speckles on the dorsal ground color.

Captive Care
Captive care of Archie -

Archie the Collared Lizard Size: 12 - 14 inches (with tail) Weight: About 40 grams Markings: Brightly colored base with spots and cream colored belly. Marking vary greatly between subspecies with males always being more colorful than females. Although Archie may appear dull colored, he's actually bright aqua with dark green and white spots. At times he has a few yellow spots on him back too.

Collared Lizard Caresheet (Crotaphytus collaris) - herphabitats

Collared lizard care sheet. - northeastreptilegroup

ackground.The Collared Lizard (Crotaphytus collaris) Basic Information Size: 20-30cm 8-12inches (with tail) Weight: Roughly 40 grams Experience Level: Easy Temperament: Nervous Lighting: 12-14 hour photoperiod, UVB is Essential Heating: Ceramic Heating Element and basking bulb on appropriate thermostats Food Requirements: Depending on activity level, 8 - 12 medium sized brown and/or black crickets everyday, they can be offered one small pinky mouse as a treat (not regularly). To vary the diet, locusts and silkworms can be offered as well as the occasional waxworm as a treat.

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Collared Lizards of the Genus Crotaphytus - Crazy Crotaphytus

Collared Lizards of the genus Crotaphytus are among the most colorful lizards in North America. Captive bred collareds make excellent captives as long as their basic requirements are met. I work with several species of collareds and welcome any information on collareds in captivity or in the wild. This site will be updated often with new pictures and information. Hope you enjoy. William Wells

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Eastern Collared Lizard(Crotaphytus collaris) -

Great Basin Collared Lizard (Black) -

Tucson Herpetological Society - Eastern Collard Lizard

Eastern Collard Lizard (Crotaphytus collaris)

Tucson Herpetological Society - Sonoran Collard Lizard

Sonoran Collard Lizard (Crotaphytus nebrius)

More Info.
Aggression in female Collared Lizards -

AGGRESSION IN FEMALE COLLARED LIZARDS C. L. Sloan and T. A. Baird [1999, Herpetologica 55(4):516-522] tested the hypotheses that intrasexual female aggression increases following oviposition, and that heightened post-ovipositional aggression functions in the defense of nesting sites in female collared lizards, Crotaphytus collaris. Daily focal observations on seven females prior to and after oviposition revealed that both agonistic intrasexual aggression and travel rates were higher during the five days following oviposition than during the five days before eggs were laid.

Collared Lizard website -

Here you will find lots of information on Collared Lizards. Please feel free to have a look around... Collared Lizards in the WILD Collared Lizards in Captivity Useful information and links - The collared lizard care-site


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