This is a small, widespread lizard common in much of the Southwest from lower forest into desert habitats. Its small size almost certainly negatively biases recovery.
Fig. 1. Tree Lizard (Urosaurus ornatus). Photograph by Carl S. Lieb.
Mid Wisconsin: U-Bar Cave (Harris 1987: cf. gen. et sp.).
Late Wisconsin: Picacho Peak (Van Devender et al. 1991); Shafter Midden (UTEP); Upper Sloth Cave (Logan and Black 1979).
Late Wisconsin/Holocene: Deadman Cave (Mead et al. 1984); Howell's Ridge Cave (Van Devender and Worthington 1977).
Literature. Harris 1987; Logan and Black 1979; Mead et al. 1984; Van Devender and Worthington 1977; Van Devender et al. 1991.
Fig. 1. Uta stansburiana photograph by Carl S. Lieb.
Another small lizard widespread in the Southwest, the Side-blotched Lizard is a reptile of arid, sparsely vegetated areas. Absence from the full-glacial deposits of Dry Cave (which were carefully picked for small herptiles by J. Applegarth) implies absence from the area in pluvial times; Davis and Verbeek (1972) thought that these lizards were limited to areas warm enough to allow maturity after only one hibernation period. Thus absence from Eddy County likely was due to low warm-season temperatures (Applegarth 1979).
Late Wisconsin: Brass Cap Point (Van Devender and Mead 1978); Desert Almond (Van Devender et al. 1977a); Vulture Cave (Mead and Phillips 1981); Wellton Hills (Van Devender and Mead 1978)
Late Wisconsin/Holocene: Howell's Ridge Cave (Van Devender and Worthington 1977).
Literature. Applegarth 1979; Davis and Verbeek 1972; Mead and Phillips 1981; Van Devender and Mead 1978; Van Devender and Worthington 1977; Van Devender et al. 1977a.
Last Update: 4 Mar 2013