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Mojave Fringe-toed Lizard (Uma scoparia)
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Mojave Fringe-toed Lizard (Uma scoparia) General Description: These are fast, light-colored lizards are found in open sandy areas and sand dunes. They have a blunt snout with protruding "lips," a black spot on each side of the body behind the front legs, and black bands on the underside of the tail. The body form is broad and flat. The dorsal pattern is a black background with many, tiny white circles (doughnuts). These lizards escape predators by diving into the sand and "swimming" away.
Mojave Fringe-toed Lizard (Uma scoparia)

Taxonomy: Phrynosomatid Lizard Family.

Technical Description: Under development.

Diet: Carnivorous, eating mostly insects, spiders (arthropods in general), but also eating some plant material.

Mojave Fringe-toed Lizard (Uma scoparia)
Broad, flat body form.

Habitat: Sandy areas and sand dunes.

Range: Eastern Mojave Desert of southeastern California and a tiny bit of western Arizona.

Comments: These lizards dive into the sand and "swim" to escape predators.

Mojave Fringe-toed Lizard (Uma scoparia)
Blunt snout with extended "lips"
Mojave Fringe-toed Lizard (Uma scoparia)
Dorsal pattern matches sand grains
Mojave Fringe-toed Lizard (Uma scoparia)
Fringe scales on the hind-foot toe of a Fringe-toed Lizard
Mojave Fringe-toed Lizard (Uma scoparia)
Spots on the sides of an otherwise white belly
Mojave Fringe-toed Lizard (Uma scoparia)
Mojave Fringe-toed Lizard with blunt snout and extended "lips"
Mojave Fringe-toed Lizard (Uma scoparia)
Mojave Fringe-toed Lizard
Mojave Fringe-toed Lizard (Uma scoparia)
Mojave Fringe-toed Lizards hide in sand dunes by burying themselves in the sand. This lizard might be hunting from cover with most of its body under the sand, but with an eye above so it can see what is going on around the dune
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Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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