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Lizards in Nevada
There are over 30 species of lizards that are found in Nevada.
In my opinion, the best “lizard hunting” is at the Valley of Fire State Park and Red Rock as that is where I have personally seen the most variety of lizards. So many of my friends have posted their finds and I have to admit I am jealous of those who have seen a Gila Monster in Red Rock.
My favorite lizard is the colorful Eastern Collared Lizard, which is not found in Nevada, and I have yet to see one in the wild other than our site mascot, Carson.
- Banded Gila Monster (Heloderma suspectus cinctum)
- Common Chuckwalla (Sauromalus ater)
- Common Sagebrush Lizard (Sceloporus graciosus)
- Common Side-blotched Lizard (Uta stansburiana)
- Desert Collared Lizard (Crotaphytus bicinctores)
- Desert Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma platyrhinos)
- Desert Iguana (Dipsosaurus dorsalis)
- Desert Night Lizard (Xantusia vigilis)
- Gilbert’s Skink (Plestiodon gilberti)
- Gila Montster (Heloderma suspectum)
- Great Basin Collared Lizard (Crotaphytus bicinctores)
- Great Basin Whiptail (Aspidoscelis tigris tigris)
- Greater Earless Lizard (Cophosaurus texanus)
- Greater Short-horned Lizard (Phrynosoma hernandesi)
- Long-nosed Leopard Lizard (Gambelia wislizenii)
- Long-tailed Brush Lizard (Urosaurus graciosus)
- Mediterranean House Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus)
- Mojave Fringe-toed Lizard (Uma scoparia)
- Ornate Tree Lizard (Urosaurus ornatus)
- Panamint Alligator Lizard (Elgaria panamintina)
- Plateau Fence Lizard (Sceloporus tristichus)
- Plateau Striped Whiptail (Aspidoscelis velox)
- Pygmy Short-horned Lizard (Phrynosoma douglasii)
- Sagebrush Lizard (Sceloporus graciosus)
- Southern Desert Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma platyrhinos calidiarum)
- Western Banded Gecko (Coleonyx variegatus)
- Western Fence Lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis)
- Western Skink (Plestiodon skiltonianus)
- Western Whiptail (Aspidoscelis tigris)
- Yellow-backed Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus uniformis)
- Zebra-tailed Lizard (Callisaurus draconoides)
Lizards in Nevada
I am an outdoor enthusiast who would rather be on a backcountry backpacking trip than a stroll on the beach (although I do love the beach!).
Living in Las Vegas has afforded me the opportunity to easily explore the Southwest region of the United States.
A nature lover, I am often found at the end of the pack taking photos and videos of the wildlife found on the trails. Colorful flowers, desert animals, and unusual geological rock formations are often the majority of my photos.