GAP Analysis Predicted Distribution Map

Sagebrush Lizard   Sceloporus graciosus

Species Code: SCGRA

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Metadata (Data about data or how the map was made)

= Core Habitat
= Marginal Habitat

Predicted Distribution
Reptiles do not migrate as some birds and mammals, so the colored areas depict the predicted range for the Sagebrush Lizard year-round. The habitats were identified using 1991 satellite imagery, other datasets and experts throughout the state, as part of the Washington Gap Analysis Project.

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  • NatureMapping observations throughout the year
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Distribution and Habitat Requirements
This species is common in the semi-desert and uncommon in the steppe throughout the Columbia Basin. It also occurs in open forests of juniper, Ponderosa Pine and Lodgepole Pine that have open brushy under-stories , but in Washington, it seems mostly limited to the warmest steppe zones.

The Columbia Basin and Blue Mountains ecoregions were selected. The two driest steppe zones, Central Arid Steppe and Canyon Grasslands, were core. The damper Three-tip Sage, Big Sage/Fescue and Wheatgrass/Fescue zones were marginal. A small amount of the Ponderosa Pine zone at the edges of these steppe zones was also marginal. Grasslands, shrublands and shrub and tree savannas were good habitats.

Translated from the Washington Gap Analysis Amphibians and Reptiles Volume by Karen Dvornich

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