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This site was created by students in the herpetology class at Towson University. Site last updated: 05/21/07.
Acknowledgements: Herb Harris - Range Maps; Mark Tegges - Photography; Dan Lapascha & Gigi Forester - TU Herpetology Logo
This medium-sized lizard ranges from 12-18cm in length, and has a broad, dark lateral stripe 2-4 scales wide bordered by light stripes on the top and bottom. The four light bordering stripes extend onto the tail, and there are no light lines on the top of the head. Males may have reddish heads during the breeding season. Young are patterned like adults but have blue tail.
These lizards are most commonly found in humid areas on wooded hillsides and near springs and rocky cliffs near creeks. They may take cover under rocks or debris and even in shallow water if startled.
Mating occurs in late spring or early summer, and females lay several eggs in moist soil or decaying debris. Females guard the eggs until they hatch 4-5 weeks later.
Distribution in Maryland
Range map adapted from Harris, 1975.