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Eastern collared lizard (male)

Crotaphytus collaris


It has two black rings that form a partial collar around the neck. This species shows sexual dimorphism. The male is blue-green to olive-green with many light spots and a golden or yellow throat. The male has a larger head and larger femoral pores on the underside of the thigh than the female. The female is tan with many lights spots and a white throat. The female develops red bars on the body at the beginning of breeding season. These disappear after the breeding season. The juvenile is tan to yellow with dark bars alternating with yellow to orange bars. (information from "A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Oklahoma")


Rocky area next to water


This species is the Oklahoma State Reptile. A female looks a bit different and can be seen here:

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NeilDazet 8 years ago

Spectacular series Aaron! Really glad I got to see this one! Those colors are amazing.

Aaron_G 8 years ago

He was much more tolerant of my approach than the female. I nearly had him in-hand at one point. (made a weak grab at him) To show how close he allowed me, photo #3 was taken with my 105mm macro and has not been cropped.

KimLomman 8 years ago

Very nice. Looks like he was super friendly letting you get so close.

Aaron_G 8 years ago

Here's what a female looks like:

Awesome !

Aaron_G 8 years ago

Thanks, Luis. The male was MUCH more tolerant of my approach than the female.

LuisStevens 8 years ago

Nice sries Aaron!

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Copan, Oklahoma, USA

Spotted on May 22, 2013
Submitted on May 23, 2013

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