Do Tree Lizards Change Color? : Richard Lapidus Books

Do Tree Lizards Change Color?

by Richard Lapidus on 03/15/15

To some degree all (or at least many) lizards change color due to changes in temperature or environmental factors.  Others, like the true chameleons and anoles, are famous for changing color to blend in with their surroundings.  I have been observing the small Tree Lizards (Urosaurus ornatus) around my home.  To me they appear to blend in much more so than other common lizards, like swifts and side-blotched varieties.  Much more study will be necessary, but I believe the color changes I have observed are related to more than temperature and territorial or mate-attracting rituals.


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