Zebra-Tailed Lizard
  • Live in open desert with hard-packed soil, scattered vegetation or rocks
  • Range from 2-4 inches in length
  • Gray to sandy brown, usually with pairs of dark gray spots down the back, becoming black bands on the tail
  • The underside of the tail is white with black bands
  • Rise early and are active in all but the hottest weather
  • During the hottest times of the day, lizards may stand alternately on two legs, switching to the opposite two as needed
  • When threatened they will run swiftly with their toes curled up and tails raised over their backs exposing the stripes
  • Can run on their hind legs for short distances
  • Burrows in find sand for retreat at nights
  • Lay 2-8 eggs at a time
  • Feeds on insects (moths, ants, and bees), spiders, and other smaller lizards
  • Occasionally eats spring buds and flowers
  • Found throughout the southwestern United States