The Pink Belly Spiny Lizard, commonly known as the Rose Bellied Spiny, is a particularly beautiful and graceful animal. These slender lizards are adept climbers and can amuse you for hours with their agile antics.
Commonly found in arid regions, Pink Belly Spiny Lizards may often be seen on fence posts or among clumps of cacti. They can also be found in the dry forests of more tropical regions. Although semi arboreal, they spend much of their time on the ground, where they forage for food. This often consists of large insects that they are usually able to find under leaves or other debris.
Rose Bellied Spiny Lizards have usually grown to between three and three quarters inches and five and a quarter inches by the time they reach maturity. They have long tails and at the bases of their tails a small pocket of skin is present on each side. Generally, Rose Bellied Spiny Lizards are brown in color though females may have a more greenish tinge than males. Lighter colored lines run all the way from their eyes to their tails. A row of brown spots can also be seen on either side of a line that runs down the center of the lizard's back. Rose Bellied Spiny Lizards have crossbars over their limbs and males have pink patches on their belly. Each patch is outlined in a blue color that extends over their groin and armpit areas. Males have larger femoral pores than do females.
Rose Bellied Spiny Lizards are native to North America, where they are found in northeastern Mexico and in Texas, in the United States. They may also be found in some northern portions of Costa Rica. These lizards were first scientifically noted by Weigman in 1834.