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Zebra-Tailed Lizard   Leave a comment

Zebra-Tailed Lizard (Callisaurus draconoides) — Image by kenne

Zebra-tailed lizards are the fastest lizards in the desert. They have an odd habit of curling their tail
over their back, thus revealing the striping, and then waving it slowly from side to side. The most widely
accepted theory is that this lulls their predators like a hypnotist’s watch, which prevents them from reacting
quickly when the zebra-tailed lizard suddently zips away.

King Of The Balanced Rocks   Leave a comment

Zebra-Tailed Lizard (1 of 1) blog

Zebra-Tailed Lizard (1 of 1)-3 blogKing Of The Balanced Rocks — Zebra-Tailed Lizard (August 14, 20116) — Images by kenne

I have several balanced rock formations around our home.
It may look like the Zebra-tailed lizard knocked them over,
but the usual culprit is a gust of wind.
This little guy is obviously enjoying the moment.

“Come on baby; I’m waiting for you.”

— kenne

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!




SCVN Lizard Walk, August 8, 2014   3 comments


SCVN Lizard Walk (August 9, 2014) — Images by kenne
You can also go to my Flickr account to see all 22 photos taken yesterday.)



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