lizards, 2010 -part 2

September 23, 2010

Here’s the second half of 2010’s lizard shots.  The first half is in the preceding post.  Some specimens are shown more than once.

Later in the summer, I was able to sneak the closest I’ve ever gotten to an adult leopard lizard.  Here I’ll include four shots here from that sunny early-September photo session.  Also, got my first shots of just-hatched great basin collared and desert horned neonates.

desert horned liz, subadult female, facing, Deep Creek Mtns foothills

late Aug 2010, desert horned liz (Phrynosoma platyrhinos), subadult female, facing, Deep Creek Mtns foothills, Tooele Co, UT

So far I have only encountered about 8 specimens of this species, but this subadult was the only one to open its mouth in order to look more threatening.  At least, that’s my interpretation of its intent.

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Different shot of same specimen above:

desert horned liz, subadult female, dorsal, Deep Creek Mtns foothills

late Aug 2010, desert horned liz (Phrynosoma platyrhinos), subadult female, dorsal, Deep Creek Mtns foothills, Tooele Co, UT

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western fence liz, female, Deep Creek Mtns

late Aug 2010, western fence liz (Sceloporus occidentalis), female, Deep Creek Mtns, Tooele Co, UT

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western fence liz, male, Deep Creek Mtns

late Aug 2010, western fence liz (Sceloporus occidentalis), male, Deep Creek Mtns, Tooele Co, UT

I am unsure how often these lizards rest in these small pines in partial shade like this.  But when one on the ground seeks shelter away from you, then sometimes it climbs a tree.

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western fence liz, neonate, Deep Creek Mtns

late Aug 2010, western fence liz (Sceloporus occidentalis), neonate, Deep Creek Mtns, Tooele Co, UT

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3 neonates' comparison (gravel): sagebrush, western fence, sideblotch liz

late Aug 02010--3 neonates' comparison: (TOP) sagebrush liz (Sceloporus graciosus); (MIDDLE) western fence liz (Sceloporus occidentalis); & (BOTTOM) sideblotch liz (Uta stansburiana); all from E Deep Ck Mtns, Juab & Tooele Cos, UT

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Different shot of same specimens above:

3 neonates' comparison: sagebrush, western fence, sideblotch liz

late Aug 02010--3 neonates' comparison: (LEFT) sagebrush liz (Sceloporus graciosus); (MIDDLE) western fence liz (Sceloporus occidentalis); & (RIGHT) sideblotch liz (Uta stansburiana); all from E Deep Ck Mtns, Juab & Tooele Cos, UT

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sideblotch liz, male, S House Range foothills

early Sept 2010, sideblotch liz (Uta stansburiana), male, S House Range foothills, Millard Co, UT

This is rather drab coloration for an adult male, but maybe that is a consequence of the season.  Perhaps in the spring he was more colorful, as they can be.

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leopard liz, facing, S House Range foothills

early Sept 2010, leopard liz (Gambelia wislizenii), facing, S House Range foothills, Millard Co, UT

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Different shot of same specimen:

leopard liz, shrub-shade, S House Range foothills

early Sept 2010, leopard liz (Gambelia wislizenii), shrub-shade, S House Range foothills, Millard Co, UT

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Different shot of same specimen:

leopard liz, dorsal, S House Range foothills

early Sept 2010, leopard liz (Gambelia wislizenii), dorsal, S House Range foothills, Millard Co, UT

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Different shot of same specimen:

leopard liz, lookout, S House Range foothills

early Sept 2010, leopard liz (Gambelia wislizenii), lookout pose, S House Range foothills, Millard Co, UT

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great basin collared liz, neonate, posing, S House Range foothills

early Sept 2010, great basin collared liz (Crotaphytus bicintores), neonate, posing, S House Range foothills, Millard Co, UT

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Different shot of same specimen above:

great basin collared liz, neonate, S House Range foothills

early Sept 2010, great basin collared liz (Crotaphytus bicintores), neonate, S House Range foothills, Millard Co, UT

This lizard was in very barren habitat.  When I stopped to photo it, it repeatedly sought shelter & shade underneath my leg or at the edge of my pack.

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desert horned liz, neonate, S House Range foothills

early Sept 2010, desert horned liz (Phrynosoma platyrhinos), neonate, S House Range foothills, Millard Co, UT

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Different shot of same specimen above:

desert horned liz, neonate, comparison, S House Range foothills

early Sept 2010, desert horned liz (Phrynosoma platyrhinos), neonate, fingers' comparison, S House Range foothills, Millard Co, UT

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eastern fence liz, patternless, S of Vernal

early Sept 2010, eastern fence liz (Sceloporus undulatus), patternless, S of Vernal, Uintah Co, UT

The reddish & less patterned appearance of these, that live around the red sandstone outcrops of E Utah, is much different than the grayer & more patterned appearance of populations in Utah farther W that live around gray-colored rocks.

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