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Common Name: Greater Earless Lizard

Scientific Name: Cophasaurus texanus


Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Reptilia

Order: Sauria

Family: Phrynosomatida

Genus: Cophasaurus

Species: C. texanus


A medium sized lizard (up to 80 mm or 3.5 from snout to vent), it is gray or tan with long slender limbs and a flattened tail.  The underside of the tail is marked with distinct black crossbands on a white background.


The groin, lower back, and forelimbs are often tinted yellow on males on females

bars are faint or lacking.


This characteristic, coupled with the posterior position of its sidebars distinguish the Greater Earless Lizard from the similar looking Zebra-tailed Lizard.


What I found interesting about this animal is the colors and zebra type strips.


Author: Joshua T




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