Spring flamboyance

5 05 2021

Kudos to eagle-(lizard?!-)eyed friend Pat Amthor for spotting this collared lizard on a rock as we drove by on a gorgeous afternoon in Spring Creek Basin! And she didn’t see it from this angle; she saw it from the left (I’ve backed up here when she shouted “lizard”!), where only the head was visible – almost the same color as the rock.

I LOVE these bright, awesome little dinosaurs!

P.S. We got around 0.21 inch of rain early Monday morning. The green is noticeable, and the wildflowers loved the infusion of moisture. ๐Ÿ™‚

P.P.S. I’ve been trying to attach the pic to this post for hours without success; hopefully WordPress or my Internet will allow it in the morning, when I’ll try again.


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5 05 2021
Puller9

WOW! That was a sharp eye to capture that. Beautiful lizard. Male? Just guessing by the red head.

10 05 2021
TJ

It’s probably a male based on the overall bright color and size.

https://tucsonherpsociety.org/amphibians-reptiles/lizards/eastern-collared-lizard/

I agree about Pat’s sharp eye! Even after I backed up (after she spotted it and shouted), it took me a while to spot it!

5 05 2021
Karen Schmiede

Wow! What a long tail on this guy!

10 05 2021
TJ

It’s probably one of the biggest I’ve seen.

5 05 2021
Marytherese

The natural beauty of the wild, and you captured it TJ, thanks

10 05 2021
TJ

I almost missed it! Fortunately, I took a couple of pix before I opened the Jeep door. I wanted to try a lower angle, and whoosh! It was gone!

6 05 2021
lovewildmustangs

Canโ€™t wait to come out and visit.

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10 05 2021
TJ

Hope you get to see one!

6 05 2021
Sue E. Story

That is one beautiful collared lizard, TJ! Good catch on Pat’s part and good photo by you.

10 05 2021
TJ

True, and thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

10 05 2021
Pat

Well heck. It was sooo colorful!

10 05 2021
TJ

I’m still amazed you saw that head against the lichen-spotted sandstone! ๐Ÿ™‚

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