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The common sagebrush lizard, Sceloporus graciosus, is a small to medium size (5" to 6") lizard that occurs throughout much of the western United States, and is common throughout most of Utah. As its name implies, the common sagebrush lizard is usually found in sagebrush habitat, but it also occurs in many other types of habitat, including pinyon-juniper areas and open forests. Common sagebrush lizards become inactive during the cold winter months, often using stone piles, shrubs, or rodent burrows for cover.

Reproduction occurs from mid-May to July, with one or two clutches of one to eight eggs being laid annually. Eggs hatch approximately two months after they are laid.

Common sagebrush lizards are gray, greenish-gray, or brown above, with blue belly patches. They eat invertebrates, primarily insects and spiders.


  • 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.