lizards, 2010 -part 1

August 11, 2010

Here’s another year of lizard shots, split into two posts.  Part 2 follows.  Some specimens are shown more than once.

In June I finally got better photos of a leopard lizard, although it was a juvenile.  Also that month I found my best shots yet of desert horned lizard & adult male great basin collared lizard.

sideblotch liz, Stansbury Mtns

late April 2010, sideblotch liz (Uta stansburiana), Stansbury Mtns, Tooele Co, UT

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western fence liz, in dusklight, Canyon Mtns

early May 2010, western fence liz (Sceloporus occidentalis), in dusklight, Canyon Mtns, Millard Co, UT

I have walked around thoroughly at higher elevations in this range, but between 5,800-8,000 ft I have only found sagebrush lizards (Sceloporus graciosus), and not this species.  But on this visit I poked around some lower foothills’ rock outcrops down near 5,000 ft, and found my first western fence lizard in this mountain range.  In other nearby ranges, S. occidentalis can be found easily at 6,000-7,500 ft.  I’m not sure why this species seems excluded from higher elevation in the Canyon Mtns.

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great basin collared liz, adult male, mid House Range

mid May 2010, great basin collared liz (Crotaphytus bicintores), adult male, mid House Range, Millard Co, UT

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western fence liz, House Range

mid May 2010, western fence liz (Sceloporus occidentalis), House Range, Millard Co, UT

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eastern fence liz, female, Pine Valley Mtns

mid June 2010, eastern fence liz (Sceloporus undulatus), female, Pine Valley Mtns, Washington Co, UT

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leopard liz, juvenile under shrub, E House Range foothills

late June 2010, leopard liz (Gambelia wislizenii), juvenile under shrub, E House Range foothills, Millard Co, UT

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Different shot of same specimen above:

leopard liz, juvenile unobscured, E House Range foothills

late June 2010, leopard liz (Gambelia wislizenii), juvenile unobscured, E House Range foothills, Millard Co, UT

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desert horned liz, adult male, E House Range foothills

late June 2010, desert horned liz (Phrynosoma platyrhinos), adult male, E House Range foothills, Millard Co, UT

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desert horned liz, subadult, E House Range foothills

late June 2010, desert horned liz (Phrynosoma platyrhinos), subadult, E House Range foothills, Millard Co, UT

As this shot illustrates, most of the times I have found this species there has been an anthill nearby.  They eat ants.

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sideblotch liz, female, E House Range

late June 2010, sideblotch liz (Uta stansburiana), female, E House Range, Millard Co, UT

I found this female here at 6,940 ft elevation, on a NW-facing slope.  That’s the highest elevation at which I’ve found this species.  Shrubs nearby were utah juniper, littleleaf mahogany, green ephedra, cliffrose & big sagebrush.

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great basin collared liz, juvenile, E House Range

late June 2010, great basin collared liz (Crotaphytus bicintores), juvenile, E House Range, Millard Co, UT

A few meters from that sideblotch lizard was this perky young collared lizard (that might have been glad to eat the sidelotch).

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great basin collared liz, territorial male, perched, E House Range foothills

late June 2010, great basin collared liz (Crotaphytus bicintores), territorial male, perched, E House Range foothills, Millard Co, UT

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Different shot of same specimen:

great basin collared liz, territorial male, midrange, E House Range foothills

late June 2010, great basin collared liz (Crotaphytus bicintores), territorial male, midrange, E House Range foothills, Millard Co, UT

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Different shot of same specimen:

great basin collared liz, territorial male, close, E House Range foothills

late June 2010, great basin collared liz (Crotaphytus bicintores), territorial male, close, E House Range foothills, Millard Co, UT

The second after I snapped this shot, this confident male jumped on my head.  I presume its intent was to master its domain by perching on the highest rock possible.

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western fence liz, male, Mineral Mtns

early July 2010, western fence liz (Sceloporus occidentalis), male, Mineral Mtns, Beaver Co, UT

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sagebrush liz, Mineral Mtns

early July 2010, sagebrush liz (Sceloporus graciosus), Mineral Mtns, Beaver Co, UT

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desert horned liz, under shrub, South Snake Range foothills

early Aug 2010, desert horned liz (Phrynosoma platyrhinos), under shrub, South Snake Range foothills, White Pine Co, NV

This shot demonstrates how easily this species can blend with its surroundings.

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