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Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)

Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
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The Texas Spiny Lizard is the largest lizard found in the Hartman Prehistoric Garden and can grow to almost 1 foot in length. Juveniles are also frequently seen as they sun themselves on the rocks. The adult shown below is warming itself on one of the pathways. While all lizards must reach a certain temperature before they can become active, Texas spiny lizards are particularly conspicuous in their sunning behaviour and can often be found in the early morning. They are capable of running and climbing rapidly if disturbed. Because of their color, spines and sometimes wide body, these lizards are frequently mistaken for Horned Lizards when encountered by gardeners in the Austin area.

Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
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class: Reptilia / order: Squamata / family: Iguanidae / genus: Sceloporus / species: olivaceus

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