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Wildlife Spotlight: Granite Spiny Lizard


​Often found perched on top of large rocks and boulders, the granite spiny lizard enjoys basking in the sun during the warmer months when they are most active. Found in southern California and Baja California, this lizard species makes its home in areas with mixed vegetation including chaparral, mesquite, pine, oak and palms.
The granite spiny lizard can grow up to 11 inches in length and has mostly dark coloring with keeled scales. Male lizards are usually more colorful than females with a blue belly, and blue-green and yellow coloring on their back. These lizards have a diet consisting of small invertebrates, small lizards, and occasionally fruits and flowers.

Granite spiny lizards are commonly found on rocky outcrops of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks including Lizard Rock, which is located in OC Parks’ Fremont Canyon. In fact, Lizard Rock was named for the granite spiny lizards who spend their time sunbathing there. You can learn more about Lizard Rock in this Landmark Spotlight video or hike virtually through Fremont Canyon to Lizard Rock with our Hike From Home video.
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