Eastern Collared Lizard — Image by kenne
Another sign of spring in the desert are our reptile friends, most scurrying about making it difficult to photograph. But not the eastern collared lizard (Crotaphytus collaris), who like to pose for you on a nearby rock.
Welcome back, my friend — it is spring time in the Sonoran desert.
“Here’s Looking At You” — Image by kenne
Lizard Walk — Desert Spiny Image by kenne
In Your Face, Dude (Desert Spiny Lizard) — Computer Art by kenne
He is one buff dude
Sometimes to intimidate
Sometime to attract.
Desert Spiny Male Lizard — Image by kenne
The morning light and the cooler desert temperatures bring out the colors in this male desert spiny lizard.
Desert Spiny Lizard — Image by kenne
It’s hard not to think of lizards when one thinks of the hot desert days of summer.
Most lizards like the heat, but not to much.
An article in the Smithsonian Magazine notes,
“Scientists worry that a warming climate may be especially dangerous for lizards,
which aren’t able to regulate their own temperatures.”
Scientists are making use mitochondrial DNA to map out a species’ genetic diversity
to learn how animals might best adapt to global warming, if at all.
Lizards “may need to become nocturnal if they want to survive.”
Still, I’m always amazed to see a Zebra-tailed lizard moving across a neighbor street (black-top)
in the bright sun knowing that the air temperature is already in the triple digits
— go figure!
Male Desert Spiny Lizard Chasing A Female — Image by kenne