The study was undertaken to learn the life history of Sceloporus occidentalis longipes and its environmental adaptations on a high plateau (Rainier Mesa) with an elevation of 2,286 meters, at the Atomic Energy Commission's Nevada Test Site in Nye County, Nevada. The lizards emerge from hibernation in April with the males preceeding the females by a period of one to two weeks or more. Mating occurs in late April, May, and perhaps early June. Eggs are laid between 10 June and 15 July. Clutches of 9 to 15 eggs are laid with the younger females usually laying 9 eggs. No eggs were found in the field.
College and Department
Plant and Wildlife Sciences
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Hopkin, James Mark, "The ecology and life history of sceloporus occidentalis longipes baird on Rainier Mesa at Nevada test site" (1968). Theses and Dissertations. 7782.
Ecology; Lizards; Rainier Mesa (Nev.)