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Plateau Lizard

Sceloporus tristichus

Photo © by Michael Plagens taken near the East Verde River n. of Payson, Gila Co., Arizona.  July 2010

Basking on a boulder adjcent to the East Verde River, n. of Payson, Gila Co., Arizona, USA, July 2010.

The Plateau Lizard is closely allied with the Eastern Fence Lizard (Sceloporus undulatus) with some specialists placing it as a subspecies. These lizards spend a great deal of time basking in the Sun. They hunt insects and speders.

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