lizards, 2012

January 6, 2013

I suppose my time spent on lizard photography decreased a bit during 2012, and I paused to shoot specimens mostly when it was easy to.

Most of these are collared lizards.  Until I got out into their habitat more, I considered this a less familiar species.  I think it’s familiar now.

great basin collared liz, small adult male, Confusions

late April 2012, great basin collared liz (Crotaphytus bicintores), small adult male, Confusion Range, Millard Co, UT

This one was basking on a rock in the middle of a dry wash.  Late April is probably the earliest I’ve seen this species.  I had been to the same area on a warm weekend in late March 2012, and the western fence and sideblotch lizards were out then, but I did not see a collared lizard that early.

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great basin collared liz, subadult, Confusions

mid May 2012, great basin collared liz (Crotaphytus bicintores), subadult, Confusion Range, Millard Co, UT

I lean toward calling this specimen a young female, based on its pattern; but I got no closer than this shot and am not sure, so I’ll call it a “subadult.”

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habitat of great basin collared liz, subadult, Confusions

mid May 2012, habitat of great basin collared liz (Crotaphytus bicintores), subadult, Confusion Range, Millard Co, UT

I found it here on this grassier, N-facing side of the canyon, where the smaller lizard species it preys on seem less dense than on the S-facing slope and in the canyon bottom.

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great basin collared liz, old adult male (a), Fish Springs

late May 2012, great basin collared liz (Crotaphytus bicintores), old adult male (a), surveying his domain, Fish Springs Range, Juab Co, UT

I came upon this old male perched like this, facing down this W-facing slope in the late morning.

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great basin collared liz, old adult male (b), Fish Springs

late May 2012, great basin collared liz (Crotaphytus bicintores), old adult male (b), Fish Springs Range, Juab Co, UT

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great basin collared liz, old adult male (c), Fish Springs

late May 2012, great basin collared liz (Crotaphytus bicintores), old adult male (c), Fish Springs Range, Juab Co, UT

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western fence liz, subadult on pinion, Oquirrhs

mid June 2012, western fence liz (Sceloporus occidentalis), subadult on singleleaf pinion trunk, W Oquirrh Mtns, Tooele Co, UT

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great basin collared liz, scrawny juvenile (a), Oquirrhs

mid June 2012, great basin collared liz (Crotaphytus bicintores), scrawny juvenile (a), W Oquirrh Mtns, Tooele Co, UT

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great basin collared liz, scrawny juvenile (b), Oquirrhs

mid June 2012, great basin collared liz (Crotaphytus bicintores), scrawny juvenile (b), W Oquirrh Mtns, Tooele Co, UT

Of all this post’s specimens, this scrawny little collared lizard is the most significant for me.  It’s my first of its species I’ve seen in the Oquirrh Mtns.  If you had asked me before seeing this one, I would have said the species probably did not occur in this area, since I’d spent enough time there to see five other lizard species but not collared lizard.  But now, no longer will I arrogantly presume collared lizards do not live in the Oquirrh Mtns–although perhaps at fairly low density.  I still have not come across either of Utah’s horned lizard species along the Oquirrhs, but maybe I’ll see one of them someday.

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eastern fence liz, adult male, E of Cedar City

late June 2012, eastern fence liz (Sceloporus undulatus), adult male, E of Cedar City, Cedar Cyn area, Iron Co, UT

This guy had plentiful small black ticks under scales along his neck.  2012 was the season I learned to notice small black ticks on fence lizards in places other than the depression behind the ears.  That depression is where such ticks can grow quite large.  Smaller blackish ticks can occur all along the dorsum, and you can spot them by looking for protrusions in the pattern of the outer scales.  Ticks on fence lizards are more common than I used to think.

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sagebrush liz, adult, Oquirrhs

early July 2012, sagebrush liz (Sceloporus graciosus), adult, W Oquirrh Mtns, Tooele Co, UT

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lizards, 2011

January 2, 2013

Lizards from 2011 are in two previous posts, “special lizards, 2011-2012” and “lizard pairs, 2011”; but here are some other lizards from 2011.

Maybe someday I’ll stop pausing occasionally to capture photos like these of easily-seen lizard species, but I have not reached that point yet.

sideblotch liz, adult male, Oquirrhs

early April 2011, sideblotch liz (Uta stansburiana), adult male, foothills of SE Oquirrh Mtns, Utah Co, UT

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habitat of sideblotch liz, Oquirrhs

early April 2011, habitat of sideblotch liz (Uta stansburiana), adult male, foothills of SE Oquirrh Mtns, Utah Co, UT

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sideblotch liz, adult female, Oquirrhs

early April 2011, sideblotch liz (Uta stansburiana), adult female, SE Oquirrh Mtns, Utah Co, UT

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great basin collared liz, female, Simpsons

early May 2011, great basin collared liz (Crotaphytus bicintores), female, W Simpson Mtns, Tooele Co, UT

This small female is speckled with dried dirt.  I saw 6 more of this species as I walked up a canyon–mostly adult males.

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desert horned liz, adult male in sagebrush (a), House

mid May 2011, desert horned liz (Phrynosoma platyrhinos), adult male in sagebrush (a), South House Range, Millard Co, UT

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desert horned liz, adult male in sagebrush (b), House

mid May 2011, desert horned liz (Phrynosoma platyrhinos), adult male in sagebrush (b), unobscured, South House Range, Millard Co, UT

This guy taught me that you can occasionally find desert horned lizards living up at 7,000 ft elevation–the highest I’ve found one.

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great basin collared liz, male, South House

mid May 2011, great basin collared liz (Crotaphytus bicintores), male, South House Range, Millard Co, UT

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habitat of great basin collared liz, male, South House

mid May 2011, habitat of great basin collared liz (Crotaphytus bicintores), male, South House Range, Millard Co, UT

See him?

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sideblotch liz, subadult, South House

mid May 2011, sideblotch liz (Uta stansburiana), subadult, South House Range, Millard Co, UT

This one leans toward looking like a female, but it’s too young for me to be certain.

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great basin collared liz, neonate (a), Confusion Range

late May 2011, great basin collared liz (Crotaphytus bicintores), chilly neonate (a), Confusion Range foothills, Millard Co, UT

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great basin collared liz, neonate (b), Confusion Range

late May 2011, great basin collared liz (Crotaphytus bicintores), chilly neonate (b), Confusion Range foothills, Millard Co, UT

This baby collared lizard was trying to absorb the sun’s warmth at 830am in the morning when the air temperature was only 53F.  The bluish-gray plant behind it is Eriogonum shockleyi, and behind that with the yellow flowers is the aster, Enceliopsis nudicaulis.

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desert horned liz, subadult, facing, Fish Springs

mid June 2011, desert horned liz (Phrynosoma platyrhinos), subadult, facing, Fish Springs Range foothills, Juab Co, UT

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habitat of desert horned liz subadult, Fish Springs

mid June 2011, habitat of desert horned liz (Phrynosoma platyrhinos) subadult, Fish Springs Range foothills, Juab Co, UT

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great basin collared liz, small adult male (a), Fish Springs

mid June 2011, great basin collared liz (Crotaphytus bicintores), small adult male (a), Fish Springs Range, Juab Co, UT

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great basin collared liz, small adult male (b), Fish Springs

mid June 2011, great basin collared liz (Crotaphytus bicintores), small adult male (b), Fish Springs Range, Juab Co, UT

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desert horned liz, adult male on boulder (a), Fish Springs

mid June 2011, desert horned liz (Phrynosoma platyrhinos), adult male on boulder (a), Fish Springs Range foothills, Juab Co, UT

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desert horned liz, adult male on boulder (b), Fish Springs

mid June 2011, desert horned liz (Phrynosoma platyrhinos), adult male on boulder (b), Fish Springs Range foothills, Juab Co, UT

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desert horned liz, 2nd adult on boulder (a), Fish Springs

mid June 2011, desert horned liz (Phrynosoma platyrhinos), another adult on a different boulder (a), Fish Springs Range foothills, Juab Co, UT

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desert horned liz, another adult on boulder (b), Fish Springs

mid June 2011, desert horned liz (Phrynosoma platyrhinos), another adult on a different boulder (b), Fish Springs Range foothills, Juab Co, UT

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great basin collared liz, small adult male (a), Fish Springs

mid June 2011, great basin collared liz (Crotaphytus bicintores), small adult male (a), foothills of Fish Springs Range, Juab Co, UT

See him?

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great basin collared liz, small adult male (b), Fish Springs

mid June 2011, great basin collared liz (Crotaphytus bicintores), adult male (b), foothills of Fish Springs Range, Juab Co, UT

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western fence liz, adult male, Oquirrhs

early Aug 2011, western fence liz (Sceloporus occidentalis), adult male, W Oquirrh Mtns, Tooele Co, UT

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sagebrush liz, small adult male, Oquirrhs

early Sept 2011, sagebrush liz (Sceloporus graciosus), small adult male, W Oquirrh Mtns, Tooele Co, UT

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