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Lizards in Nevada

Lizards in Nevada

Gila Monster

Lizards in Nevada Overview

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.


  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Reptilia
  • Superorder: Lepidosauria
  • Order: Squamata

Related Article: Reptiles

List of Lizards in Nevada

  1. Common Chuckwalla (Sauromalus ater)
  2. Common Sagebrush Lizard (Sceloporus graciosus)
  3. Common Side-blotched Lizard (Uta stansburiana)
  4. Desert Collared Lizard (Crotaphytus bicinctores)
  5. Desert Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma platyrhinos)
  6. Desert Iguana (Dipsosaurus dorsalis)
  7. Desert Night Lizard (Xantusia vigilis)
  8. Gilbert’s Skink (Plestiodon gilberti)
  9. Gila Monster (Heloderma suspectum)
  10. Great Basin Collared Lizard (Crotaphytus bicinctores)
  11. Great Basin Whiptail (Aspidoscelis tigris tigris)
  12. Greater Earless Lizard (Cophosaurus texanus)
  13. Greater Short-horned Lizard (Phrynosoma hernandesi)
  14. Long-nosed Leopard Lizard (Gambelia wislizenii)
  15. Long-tailed Brush Lizard (Urosaurus graciosus)
  16. Mediterranean House Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus)
  17. Mojave Fringe-toed Lizard (Uma scoparia)
  18. Ornate Tree Lizard (Urosaurus ornatus)
  19. Panamint Alligator Lizard (Elgaria panamintina)
  20. Plateau Fence Lizard (Sceloporus tristichus)
  21. Plateau Striped Whiptail (Aspidoscelis velox)
  22. Pygmy Short-horned Lizard (Phrynosoma douglasii)
  23. Sagebrush Lizard (Sceloporus graciosus)
  24. Southern Desert Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma platyrhinos calidiarum)
  25. Western Banded Gecko (Coleonyx variegatus)
  26. Western Fence Lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis)
  27. Western Skink (Plestiodon skiltonianus)
  28. Western Whiptail (Aspidoscelis tigris)
  29. Yellow-backed Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus uniformis)
  30. Zebra-tailed Lizard (Callisaurus draconoides)

Great Basin Collared Lizard 2

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Lizards in Nevada