Bezy’s night lizard (Xantusia bezyi)

Bezy’s night lizard (Xantusia bezyi ) is a species of lizard endemic to Arizona.

Etymology

Bezy’s night lizard is named after noted herpetologist Robert L. Bezy.

Geographic range

X. bezyi is found in central Arizona.

Description

Small, smooth-skinned, and gray-brown to yellow-brown, this night lizard measures 1.5 to 2.75 inches (38 to 70 mm) from its nose to its vent. It has a flattened head, and dark splotches on its back. The eyes lack eyelids and have vertical, linear pupils.

Habitat

Desert highlands and pine woodlands are its preferred habitats.

Diet

This lizard’s diet consists of spiders and insects.

Behavior

During daylight hours it shelters in rock crevices.

 

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