Meaning of side-blotched lizard in English:

side-blotched lizard

noun

  • Any of various small lizards constituting the genus Uta (family Phrynosomatidae), of desert areas in western North America; especially the common U. stansburiana.

    Side-blotched lizards are noted for occurring in a variety of morphs (formerly assumed to be distinct species) which differ not only in coloration but also in reproductive behaviour.

Origin

1940s; earliest use found in Field and Stream.