Summit Shot

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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Henryk

Henryk - Mar 1, 2008 3:03 am - Voted 10/10

Beautiful photo !

Very nice photo. Thanks for sharing! Henryk

Anya Jingle

Anya Jingle - Mar 1, 2008 3:40 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Beautiful photo !

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 :)

Ejnar Fjerdingstad

Ejnar Fjerdingstad - Mar 1, 2008 9:21 am - Voted 10/10

Nice

portrait!

Anya Jingle

Anya Jingle - Mar 1, 2008 3:39 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Nice

Thank you. These lizards like to "pose" on elevated rocks.

lcarreau

lcarreau - Mar 5, 2008 2:36 pm - Voted 10/10

'The Side-blotched

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.)

Anya Jingle

Anya Jingle - Mar 6, 2008 1:32 am - Hasn't voted

Re: 'The Side-blotched

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!

lcarreau

lcarreau - Mar 6, 2008 3:02 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: 'The Side-blotched

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.
: )

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