This handsome lizard with its turquoise blue markings, dark
collar and loosely overlapping scales that give it the name
"spiny" is native to southern Texas, Mexico and northern
The male can also have a bright blue throat and belly. Shown
is the cyanogenys subspecies from the northern part
of the range.
The male is more blue with sharper markings, particularly in
the breeding season, and the female browner.