Southwestern Field Herpetology

Southwestern Field Herpetology
Oct
25th
2010

Desert Lizards

These are three very commonly seen lizards in the Sonoran scrublands, but couldn’t live more different livestyles than one another.

Western Banded Gecko
Greater Earless Lizard
Desert Horned Lizard

… and one more of that last guy, since he is awesome.

Phrynosoma platyrhinos


 

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9 Responses to “Desert Lizards”

  1. The Horned Lizard are an animal absolutely striking!

  2. Michael says:

    Which of these do you find most often? I’ve seen the platyrhinos twice, the earless lizard only once, and I’ve never seen a Coleonyx variegatus in the wild before. I find side-blotched, spiny lizards and whiptails by far the most common in my area…

  3. Bryan says:

    Of the lizards mentioned, in order of sightings, would be side-blotched, whip-tails, earless lizards, banded geckos, & spiny lizards of various sorts.

    You should be able to find a Coleonyx fairly easily by finding some trash that’s been dumped near open desert and flip it … if you can find a pile of tar shingles or some carpeting, it’s almost a sure thing.

  4. Ok, I know it’s not very professional of me to goo over herps, but that first photo is ADORABLE.

    Is this horned lizard the species that can spray blood from its eyes as a defense mechanism? Or is that only in some distant land that I’ll never get to see…

    We have their much smaller cousins up here but I’ve only had the chance to see one. Very cool lizards.

  5. PS, as usual, AWESOME PHOTOS BRYAN!!

  6. Bryan says:

    Hmm, I actually have no idea if they all do it or not. I have been sprayed by 3 species here, and threatened with it by another (their lower eyelids bulge before the event). It’s a surprising amount of blood, more than capable of covering a camera lens and my glasses.

    Here’s a photo from the last time: http://fieldherper.com/2009/06/30/ewwwwwwwwwwwwwww/

  7. Hi Bryan – great photos as always. OT, but how do you get the banner at the bottom of your photos? You can email me offline if you like.

    p.s. checked out “ewwwww…” – wow!

  8. Bryan says:

    Hey Ted, thanks! The banner at the bottom is a Photoshop action I created. I could just give it to you, but it unfortunately only works for my particular aspect ratio that I shoot at. Actions in PS are just macros, where you can record actions that you can “play” on a photo to set up a template to fill in the blanks. Do you use Photoshop? I could help get it set up.

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