The Desert Collared Lizard is a ground-dwelling lizard found in arid, rocky grassland and desert habitats across North America. They are distinguished by the two black collars around their neck and have bright orange patches as well as tan, brown and yellow colours along the body and tail. Although extremely active and a joy to watch, they are somewhat skittish and difficult to handle.
The Desert Collared Lizard is diurnal but very active, jumping, digging and moving freely around the vivarium, so a good-sized stimulating environment is important. A minimum vivarium size of 4 x 2 x 2ft should be used to house a single adult, to enable proper movement as well as thermo-regulation and exercise.