They voluntarily committed to limiting mining to areas outside the mapped habitat of the endangered Dunes Sagebrush Lizard
The dunes sagebrush lizard
, a vulnerable species that calls the Permian Basin home, has long faced threats to its habitat from oil and drilling operations.
Daily and seasonal patterns of ultraviolet light exposure of the western sagebrush lizard
and the dunes sagebrush lizard
Just last year, the Service joined voluntary conservation efforts by the states of Texas and New Mexico, oil and gas operators, private landowners, and other stakeholders to maintain habitat for the dune sagebrush lizard
Cruz didn't bother to say what happened in the end: the Obama administration considered putting the dunes sagebrush lizard
on the list but then decided that the reptile didn't merit special protection.
Reproduction in the sagebrush lizard
, Sceloporus graciosus.
Because they require vast areas of habitat to survive, sage grouse are also umbrella species; conserving and restoring sage grouse habitat will benefit other sagebrush obligate species such as the sagebrush vole (Lagurus curtatus), sage sparrow (Amphispiza belli), sagebrush lizard
(Sceloporus graciosus), and the pygmy rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis).
Some are sagebrush obligates-creatures such as the sage grouse, sage sparrow, sagebrush lizard
and sagebrush vole that cannot survive without plenty of high-quality sagebrush and its associated perennial grasses and forbs.
Growth and population structure of the short-horned lizard (Phrynosoma douglassi) and the sagebrush lizard
(Sceloporus graciosus) in southeastern Idaho.
Martins of the University of Oregon in Eugene has led a search to decode sagebrush lizard
The sagebrush lizard
, Sceloporus graciosus Baird and Girard, 1852, occurs from central Washington, southern Idaho, southern Montana and western Colorado to northwestern New Mexico, northern Arizona and northern Baja California; it is an oviparous lizard that deposits one or two clutches of 28 eggs during June-August (Stebbins, 1985).
Incidentally, one of the objects of the trip to Moffat County, Colorado, was the sagebrush lizard
(Sceloporus graciosus), which can be found in a variety of habitats including flat shrublands and rocky ledges.