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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

 

Capturing The Moment — “I’ve Got Friends In Low Places”   1 comment

“I see you!” — Desert Spiny Lizard 

. . . spent some time in Sabino Canyon this morning. I captured images of several lizards, but sometimes I find it difficult to identify these guys — example: the top photo and the one below are both od desert spiny lizards, however, the angle of the sun and environment around the lizard causes different coloring; at least to this observer.

Desert Spiny Lizard

Images by kenne

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