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"This is really my Best Side" - Las Vegas Chuckwalla Lizard by Leslie van de Ligt
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Canon Rebel XSI – Lens Canon 100 – 400 mm

Hoover Dam, Las Vegas, Nevada USA

With a little help from my husband and my trusty big lens I get to share this gorgeous fellow with you. He was a little skittish but settled back down to take in the sun. Snow at home but + 26 there. Pretty boy isn’t he.

Chuckwalla
Sauromalus ater

Family: Iguanidae Order: Squamata Class: Reptilia

The chuckwalla is widely distributed throughout most of the Mojave, Sonoran and Colorado deserts from sea level to 1400 m (4600 ft) (Macey and Papenfuss 1991). It is found in a variety of desert woodland and scrub habitats but is most frequently associated with, and reaches highest densities, in creosote communities. It is restricted to areas with large rocks, boulder piles, or large rock outcrops on slopes. It is less frequently found on flats. This lizard is active from mid-spring to mid-summer and occasionally in fall. Densities of chuckwallas have ranged from 7 to 14 per ha (3 to 6 per ac) (Shaw 1939, Stebbins 1954, Johnson 1965, Nagy 1971, Berry 1974).

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desert, usa, lizard

I am an amateur photographer from Sherwood Park, Alberta Canada.
Love scenery, wildlife and anything that catches my eye as being unique. Have a Canon Rebel XSI with a 100mm – 400mm Lens that allows me to get some wonderful captures!

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Comments

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsabout 2 years ago

    He’s wonderful sis. John did a great job in the hurry we were in.
    Too bad we didn’t get to see him, but by the sounds of it we were very lucky to see it. They are not usually out and about

  • I read that this is the best time of year to see them so out timing was perfect I guess. Thanks Sis! For the Fave Too :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Christine Ford
    Christine Fordabout 2 years ago

    cool capture, love photographing the Mohave myself.

  • Many thanks Christine it is for sure beautiful country! :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 2 years ago

    Wonderful capture Leslie

  • Thanks so much Larry and I sure love receiving the banner as well. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • CanyonWind
  • Thanks so very much Pops. This is the first time I have received this Banner…. It’s great :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Jan Siemucha
    Jan Siemuchaabout 2 years ago

    Congrats on the feature !
    Great capture.

  • Jan I always appreciate your comments. Thank you so very much! :>))Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithabout 2 years ago

    Well,..That`s a fabulous capture,….How did you like that new bridge at Hoover Dam,?
    I was there the week before they opened it up,…..I thought it was just Awesome,…

  • Well the whole things was pretty amazing John. My husband John was right into the working and facts a true construction man you know. Thanks very much as well so appreciated. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Glenn Cecero
    Glenn Ceceroabout 2 years ago

    Lovely capture! Congrats on it’s feature!

  • Hi Glenn thanks for you comment. Always really appreciated. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesabout 2 years ago


    2012/04/15 Image per 24hrs
    Excellent capture!

  • Thanks for the banner and comment Margaret. He was so loving the sun there. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Elfriede Fulda
    Elfriede Fuldaabout 2 years ago

    I am so fortunate I get to see these great shots here on RB, excellent capture of this little guy, well not that little !

  • NewfieKeith
    NewfieKeithabout 2 years ago

    Wow so cool to see one in the wild :))) Glad to see you back and I’m sure you had a great time :))) Wonderful capture !!!

  • Hey thanks Keith! Yep home safe and thanks to hubby John I got this shot of this 18 in long lizard in the camera. He someething to see. We don’t get those in Alberta LOL Take care my friend :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

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