Distributed throughout most of the Baja Peninsula, stretching north to a small area across the border into southern California outside San Diego.
These lizards prefer chaparral, sage scrub, or oak woodland habitats with open areas for running.
This uncommon lizard grows to a length of 3-5.5 inches from snout to vent, and is known to run bipedally when escaping danger. It has a moderately thin body with long legs, a long tail, and granular scales. The head is triangular and wider than the neck, which has several skin folds. Its background color is tan or grey, with dark irregular spots that become more numerous on the distal half of its body and tail. The spots merge into even bands about half way down the tail. The dark spots on the body are usually outlined in a pale shade of tan, and they can have thin bars across their body of the same pale color. Females develop bright orange spots along the sides of their body and face. Ventrum is pale and unmarked.
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