Field notes and photography by Bryan D. Hughes

Backyard Herping

Although I live in the center of a decently old and highly populated part of Phoenix that’s at least 10 minutes from the nearest reasonable habitat for native wildlife, my yard of one of the many here where Ornate Tree Lizards (Urosaurus ornatus) dominate the cinderblock walls and ivy-covered ledges. They’re fun to watch, and my dog likes them too.

Urosaurus ornatus
Urosaurus ornatus

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2 Responses to “Backyard Herping”

  1. T.R. Donovan says:

    Then I guess I may have been wrong in labeling what I thought these were in my backyard…

  2. Bryan says:

    Hmm … depending on where you live, it’s possible that they could be side-blotched lizards. Do you have a picture?

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