Long-Nosed Leopard Lizard
Flat arid and semi arid plains with vegetation such as sagebrush and creosote
Oregon and Idaho down to Baja California and north-central Mexico
Least Concern (IUCN Red List)
This species is
to the Truckee Meadows.
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.
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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