Cochise Co., Arizona. August 4, 2000.
As you hike up into the Huachucas, and the emory oaks and junipers are replaced by bays and laurels and pine trees, the Clark’s Spiny Lizard gives way to the Mountain Spiny Lizard. They grace the sunward sides of rocks and trees, and cock a wary eye at you when approached. The males can have a lovely deep blue hue to their tails and the sides of their heads, which is not given proper justice in photos.
The lizards are found at elevations of 4500 to 11,000 feet. From deep in Mexico they range up the Sierra Madre Occidental, into the mountains of southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico.
Related herp journal: Tres Amigos en Arizona.
HerpMapper records for this species are here.