Long-Nosed Leopard Lizard

Scientific Name:

Gambelia wislizenii

Type:

Reptile

Habitat:

Flat arid and semi arid plains with vegetation such as sagebrush and creosote

Range:

Oregon and Idaho down to Baja California and north-central Mexico

Status:

Least Concern (IUCN Red List)

This species is

NATIVE

to the Truckee Meadows.

Identification:

Long-nosed leopard lizards are moderately-sized lizards. They are between 3 and 6 inches long from snout to the base of their tails. Their tails may be twice as long as their bodies. As their name suggests, these lizards have a leopard-like coloration pattern on their bodies with dark spots on a lighter background. Their noses, however, are not as long as their name suggests. These lizards are called "long-nosed" mostly to distinguish them from blunt-nosed leopard lizards, which of noticeably small snouts.

Fast Facts:

  • Long-nosed leopard lizards can change colors between lighter cream and darker brown or gray.

  • These lizards are omnivorous, meaning they will eat both plants and animals. While they typically eat insects or small lizards and rodents, they will also eat berries and leaves.

  • When long-nosed leopard lizards are threatened, they may hiss along with fleeing to safety.

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