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Photo by William Bosworth
Photo Courtesy of Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

The range of the long-nosed leopard lizard, Gambelia wislizenii, extends from Oregon and Idaho to southern Baja California and central Mexico. In Utah, the species occurs throughout much of the state, primarily in open desert and semi-desert areas that allow them to run. Long-nosed leopard lizards are mainly ground dwelling, but will occasionally climb into bushes. During cold times of the year, they seek refuge in burrows and become inactive.

Females lay one or two clutches of up to twelve eggs during late spring or summer. The number and size of clutches, as well as the timing of egg laying, vary with geographic location. Long-nosed leopard lizards eat insects, spiders, small rodents, lizards, and some plant material. The long-nosed leopard lizard is a relatively large lizard that can slightly alter its coloration for camouflage purposes.


  • Biotics Database. 2005. Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, NatureServe, and the network of Natural Heritage Programs and Conservation Data Centers.

  • Stebbins, R. C. 1985. A field guide to western reptiles and amphibians. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston. 336 pp.