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Desert Spiny On His Throne   Leave a comment

Desert Spiny (46 of 133) blogDesert Spiny Lizard On His Throne — Image by kenne

Kiss me if you like
Better like a lot of tongue
I’m a great lover.

— kenne

 

Cold Blooded and Warm Blooded Animals Are On The Move   2 comments

Desert Spinny Lizard-1661 blogDesert Spiny Lizard in the Saguaro National Park (April 2, 2018) — Image by kenne

Most days here in the Sonoran Desert are averaging in the 80’s causing reptiles to be on the move and our “snowbird” friends to start packing for their journey north. 

With morning lows around 50 degrees, this Desert Spiny (Sceloporus magister) was more interested in sunning than our nearby presence. This native of the Sonoran Desert is a large (up to about 142 mm or 5.6″ from snout to vent), stocky lizard with large, pointed, keeled, overlapping scales. The Desert Spiny can live up to six years, which explains the one that has been a patio friend for several years now, which I visit with each day. 

— kenne

 

Lizard Walk — Desert Spiny   Leave a comment

desert-spiny-1-of-2-blogLizard Walk — Desert Spiny Image by kenne

 

In Your Face, Dude   2 comments

desert-spinny-1-of-1-2-blogIn Your Face, Dude (Desert Spiny Lizard) — Computer Art by kenne

He is one buff dude

Sometimes to intimidate

Sometime to attract.

— kenne

Desert Spiny Male Lizard   Leave a comment

desert-spiny-1-of-1-2-blogDesert 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   Leave a comment

Sabino Canyon 06-09-12

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!

kenne

 

 

In My Mexican Festival Colors   Leave a comment

Desert Spiny  (1 of 1) framed blog“In My Mexican Festival Colors” — Desert Spiny Lizard by kenne

 

The Chase Is On!   Leave a comment

Desert Spinny Lizard (1 of 1) blogMale Desert Spiny Lizard Chasing A Female — Image by kenne

 

Disturbed   2 comments

Desert Spiny (1 of 1)-2 blog“Disturbed” Desert Spiny Lizard — Image by kenne

I was doing yard work this Saturday morning and uncovered a desert spiny lizard that was still wintering, which gave me time to go get my camera.

 

Two Desert Spiny Lizards   7 comments

Desert Spiny Lizard (1 of 1) blogTwo Desert Spiny Lizards — Image by kenne

“Honey, are you new at this?”

The Desert Spiny Lizard’s Cousin   3 comments

Mountain Spiny Lizard at Roger’s Rock In Madera Canyon, Santa Rita Mountains — Images by kenne
(Click on any of the images for larger view in a slideshow format.)

For those of us who live near the Santa Catalina Mountains, Madera Canyon in the Santa Catalina Mountains is about an hour and twenty minutes drive. There are a lot of reasons to love the canyon, rated the third best birding destination in the United States. Yesterday, the Monday Morning Milers hiked one of the canyon’s many trails to Roger’s Rock where I have captured many vista photographs in the past and did the same yesterday. One of the things that made this hike different from past hikes was seeing the mountain spiny lizard captured in this posting. The colors of this guy were very prominent, sunning in the 6,500 feet elevation cool mountain air. I have learned that every hike, even on the same trail, has something new and impressive to see. 

— kenne

You’ve got to get out
and pray to the sky
to appreciate the sunshine;
otherwise you’re
just a lizard
standing there
with the sun shining on you.

— Ken Kesey

Last SCVN Lizard Walk, 2014   1 comment

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Desert Spiny Lizard

Desert Spiny Lizard

Desert Spiny Lizard

Twenty-one people participated in the last SCVN 2014 Lizard Walk (October 11, 2014).
Although the count was low, observing mostly side-blotched, desert spiny, and zebra-tailed lizard lizards,
it was an enjoyable walk on a beautiful fall desert morning.
— Images by kenne

(Click on any of the tiled images to see larger view in a slideshow format.)

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