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This diurnal lizard is alert and fast moving. It is most active in the morning. It digs its own burrow where it lays its eggs or seeks shelter from the elements (e.g. extreme temperatures, storms, etc.).
A grassland species, found in low valleys and sandy flats within Semidesert Grassland, it is Arizona endemic with a small range in southeastern part of state. It mates in the spring, and is oviparous (lays eggs). It lays one or two clutches of 1-3 eggs each in underground burrows (dens), in late spring or early summer.
It forages for insects, spiders, centipedes, and small lizards by digging around the bases of bushes and under surface debris (Brennan and Holycross, 2006).