Desert Spiny Lizard

Tucson, Arizona, Canon Powershot SX40HS, June 2013

The stout desert spiny lizards are notoriously bold and feisty – researchers who handle them often report painful bites. Spiny lizards aggressively defend territories and will chase off intruders, even putting on a show towards humans ( as you can see in the picture here).

Smaller adversaries such as other lizards, if unlucky, might be eaten. Spiny’s are omnivorous eating flowers, fruits and leaves as well.

They live in a a wide range of desert habitats, as well as along washes and rivers. Often they will take shelter in the large stick-nests of packrats.


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  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz479 months ago

    Hmmm. And where do the packrats go when the spinies move in? One of Nature’s interesting mix-ups, it appears. And these fellows are marvelous… what a perky pair. Brilliant catch, Kimberly!

  • Thank you! They were just sitting and soaking and appeared waiting for the camera lol.

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • TeresaB
    TeresaB9 months ago

    October 12, 2013

    Beautiful work!

  • Thank you TeresaB so much <3

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • lenspiro
    lenspiro8 months ago

    Great photo!

  • Thank you Lenspiro!!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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