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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.









 
 
 
Yathinyathin on April 29th, 2009 05:09 am (UTC)
All of the several ones were at the Desert Tortoise Natural Area