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Prairie Lizard (Northern Fence Lizard)

Sceloporus consobrinus
The small, gray to brown, rough-scaled prairie lizard is common in open forests. It often lives around country homes and rock gardens and on stacks of firewood and split rail fences.

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Reflections

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"Reflections" for the November 1997 Missouri Conservationist.

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Image of a six-lined racerunner lizard

Six-Lined Racerunner

Aspidoscelis sexlineatus
The six-lined racerunner is a fast, alert ground dweller that don’t usually climb trees. Also called “field-streaks” and “sand lappers,” racerunners are close kin to the whiptail lizards you might know from the western United States.

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Snakes and Lizards Holding Their Own

Jeff Briggler, our herpetologist, stopped by the other day to mention the upcoming Year of the Frog.

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photo of juvenile southern coal skink

Southern Coal Skink

Plestiodon anthracinus pluvialis
Few people know about this secretive lizard. It has a wide, coal-black line along its sides. During the breeding season males have an orange head.

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photo of juvenile southern coal skink

Southern Coal Skink (Juvenile)

Juvenile southern coal skinks are black with faint lines running down the back and sides. They are about 2 inches long when they first hatch.

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Photo of a Texas horned lizard camouflaged against a tan, gravelly substrate.

Texas Horned Lizard

The Texas horned lizard is stocky and short-tailed, with several large “horns” protruding from the back of the head. The scales on the limbs, sides, and tail are large and pointed, and the head is heavily armored with large scales, some modified to form hornlike projections. They are harmless and never try to bite. This photo was taken in Colorado.

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Photo of a Texas horned lizard standing on a person's outstretched hand.

Texas Horned Lizard

A Species of Conservation Concern in Missouri, the Texas horned lizard once lived in several southwestern counties, but it is now limited to just a few counties bordering with Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. This photo was taken in Texas.

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Photo of a Texas horned lizard camouflaged against a tan, gravelly substrate.

Texas Horned Lizard

Phrynosoma cornutum
The Texas horned lizard is rare in Missouri but once lived in several southwestern counties. Its name comes from the large, hornlike scales along the back of the head.

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The Lizards of Missouri

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We have nothing to fear from Missouri's 13 species of lizards

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