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28 April 2009 @ 05:47 pm
The Desert Horned Lizard  
Among the many interesting things that make a harsh desert their home, the Desert Horned Lizard is the only one that looks like a mythological beast - a dragon! Without wings of course.

They aren't as fast moving as some of the other desert specialist lizards. And they also aren't too shy because they think, and rightly so, that their camouflage works. And they look menacing too - with horns, spines and everything. This was the first time that I've seen a horned lizard and it turns out they are a common resident in the Desert Tortoise Natural Area and along with their superstar neighbors - the Desert Tortoise - these lizards make a trip to the DTNA an extremely interesting one.

Camouflage. It works.

Basking in the sun

A closer look...

Notice how flat their bodies are...

The Herpetologist on duty - Robert Villa - and a lizard. Robert is a passionate herpetologist and it was a pleasure learning a little bit about the inhabitants of the desert from him.

depontideponti on April 29th, 2009 02:15 am (UTC)
How long did it take you to spot this beauty? As long as the Desert Tortoise?

I do like the way you celebrate your birthdays!
Yathinyathin on April 29th, 2009 02:43 am (UTC)
I spotted this one before I saw a tortoise. The one basking in the sun was right next to the trail, so it was fairly easy spotting. :-)