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2nd Block APES
The Blunt-Nosed Leopard (Lizard)
Scientific name:Gambelia silus
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Nicknames : none
Species type: Reptile
Physical description: they are typicaly various shades of light brown to orangeish color generaly they also have a regeneratable tail and males are typically much larger than females at mature age.
Diet: Blunt Nosed Lepoard Lizards generaly feed on small insects such as grasshoppers, moths and other bugs but have been known to eat other Lizards. They generaly feed on availability, if its there most of the time they will eat it. It must be in range of there very long tounges for them to bother going after it though. Young of there own species are also eaten at times. This helps add to endangerdness of these Lizards.
Historic range: sence the 1870s over 95 precent of the Blut Nosed Leopard Lizards have been wiped out due to the massive mineing of patroleum and other minerals near thier habitat.
Breeding: Two to six eggs are layed in June through July which then take 9-21 months to become sexualy mature.
Location: They are found in the San Joaquin Valley which is in the United States in central southern California and they stay here due to the open sparcely vegitated areas which they hunt for food and get heat from the sun at.
They use small rodent holes for protection from predaters and extream heat conditions. They mostly live below ground to protect against the harsh climent but are known to be most active during the morning and afternoon when it is cool. They do not hibernate and are not migratory.
Predators: They are a predator of themselfs as well as snakes, eagles, humans and other lizards.
Problem: The problem that has caused this species to become endangered is the mass mineing corperations that went trough the San Joaquin Valley in the 1870s looking for Patroleum and other minerals that can be used it is estimated that over 95 precent of the Lizards habitat has been destoryed by mineing, pesticide use, and off roading.

Some solutions put in place have been:1. Puting it on the Endangered species list on March 11th,1967 2. They have placed stricked regulations on mineing in the San Joaquin Valley
There have not been very many successfull attempts at mass breeding this Lizard as there is only a two month gap when they lay the 2-6 eggs. Attempts at rebuilding habbitats have proved succesfull but is very costly and some dought if it is practical.
Referances: http://www.answers.com/topic/blunt-nosed-leopard-lizard , http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4088/5090197054_a74eb7531d_m.jpg, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Joaquin_Valley
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