), along with Western fence lizards are in the genus Sceloporus
, and are known as spiny lizards. This common name refers to the highly keeled and ‘spiny’ scales found dorsally on species in this genus. It is a scaled reptile, and it sheds its skin. Male sagebrush lizards are slightly larger than females. The neck and sides of these lizards may have a yellow or orange tinge and this is exaggerated in females during breeding season.
They mate in the spring, and lay between 2 and 7 (usually 4) eggs in June. The eggs hatch in August, and the neonates resemble the adults. They are predominately found in sagebrush cover, but they can also be found in greasewood and other desert shrubs and sometimes on small rocky outcrops. It is both a carnivore and an omnivore. Diet includes beetles, flies, ants, caterpillars, aphids, other insects, and spiders, ticks, and mites.