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  • Camouflage: use of colors and patterns to blend into the surrounding area in order to hide... more
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Tree lizards (Urosaurus ornatus) are among the most common lizards in the southwestern United States. You can often find them warming themselves in a sunny spot on a tree, fence, or wall, waiting for an insect snack to come crawling or flying by. Males have bright blue bellies and colored dewlaps. Females have orange dewlaps, but no blue belly patches. Look on your backyard fence for tree lizards in the summer.

Lizards - Blue Morph Lizard - Green Morph

Tree lizards come in different color types (morphs). On the right is a blue morph and the left is a green morph. Images by Brad and Lynn Weinert.


Tree lizard dulap colors Tree lizard pattern

A close look at the underside of a tree lizard that is showing off come bright orange and blue color (left) and its great camouflage pattern that makes it hard for its predators to see. Images by Tom McDonald.


 Tree Lizard on a tree

Tree lizard camouflage in action. Two places you are likely to see these lizards, a rock (left) and their favorite hang out, a tree (right). Images by Brad and Lynn Weinert (left) and Tom MacDonald (right).

About the photographers: Brad and Lynn Weinert are nature photographers. You can see more of their work at  Brad and Lynn's Field Photos. Tom MacDonald is a Docent Instructor at Tohono Chul Park. These photographs are copyrighted and used with their permission.

Tree Lizard

Ornate Tree Lizard (Urosaurus ornatus).


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