Short-Horned Lizard Phrynosoma douglassi
Short-horned lizards found in North Dakota are often referred to as
horned toads. This is a mistake since short-horned lizards are reptiles,
not amphibians. Their bodies are flattened and covered with protective
horns and spikes.
Sagebrush Lizards Sceloporus graciosus
Sagebrush lizards are small, reclusive, and extremely quick. Local
residents sometime refer to these lizards as "bluebellies" because
of the bright blue patches on their undersides.
Northern Prairie Skink Eumeces septentrionalis
Prairie skinks are also known as black-banded skinks. They have smooth,
shiny scales and grow up to seven inches in length, with bands of brown
and black along the length of the back. Juvenile skinks are easily identified
by their bright blue tails.
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