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Side-Blotched Lizard basking in the warm February sun above Pinto Valley.
Lake Mead Area, Nevada 2008.

These lizards can heat up very quickly thanks to their small size. By the end of February they are running around the desert while the other bigger lizards still need to remain in hibernation.

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HenrykBeautiful photo !

Henryk

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Very nice photo. Thanks for sharing! Henryk
Posted Mar 1, 2008 3:03 am

Anya JingleRe: Beautiful photo !

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Thank you. There were lots of these lizards around. It's always nice to see them early in the year. It means that the spring is near :)
Posted Mar 1, 2008 3:40 pm

Ejnar FjerdingstadNice

Ejnar Fjerdingstad

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portrait!
Posted Mar 1, 2008 9:21 am

Anya JingleRe: Nice

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Thank you. These lizards like to "pose" on elevated rocks.
Posted Mar 1, 2008 3:39 pm

lcarreau'The Side-blotched

lcarreau

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Lizard is insectivorous! One observer estimated that a single lizard can devour up to 9,000 insects each year. In captivity, they readily take flies and mealworms. Their natural predators include snakes and predatory birds, such as small hawks, roadrunners and loggerhead shrikes.
Weasels and skunks may also eat side-blotched lizards.'
(This lizard is probably on the lookout for predators. :-O Nice capture, Anya.)
Posted Mar 5, 2008 2:36 pm

Anya JingleRe: 'The Side-blotched

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Thanks for adding all this Larry. Yes, they are always watching cautiously for birds. I had many of them ran off when I tried to photograph, because they saw a raven in the sky.
Side-blotched lizards also eat ticks, which is great!
Posted Mar 6, 2008 1:32 am

lcarreauRe: 'The Side-blotched

lcarreau

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My assumption is the lizard will see the shadow of the bird long before it sees the actual bird. But, not on a cloudy day. Yes, I'm glad that they eat ticks. The key to survival is to keep your tummy full! Cheers.
: )
Posted Mar 6, 2008 3:02 pm

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Anya JingleSubmitted by Anya Jingle
on Mar 1, 2008 1:46 am

Image ID: 384680
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Lat/Lon: 32.84000°N / 113.91°W
Object Title: Summit Shot

Image Type(s): Wildlife