*Cover image for Reptiles of the Desert Calendar!


Taken Tucson, Arizona using a Canon Powershot SX10IS

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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  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsover 4 years ago


  • Thank you Marvin! He was such a stud…..lol

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 4 years ago

    Wonderful animal, well presented here as he soaks up the sun. Such attractive coloration.

  • Thank you Sheila, I will admit they are one of my favorites. Such handsome fellas!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Krys Bailey
    Krys Baileyover 4 years ago

    My…. he’s a prickly character, Kimberly!!! Cute fella and great shot! ;o)

  • Thank you Krys. They look more prickly than they really are, depending on your definition I suppose..lol

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • meowiyer
    meowiyerover 4 years ago

    wonderful detail and timing :)


  • Thank you so much Dee! This is my first feature in this group I believe! I am very honored Ma’am!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • swaby
    swabyover 4 years ago

    Fantastic capture, congratulations!

  • Thank you very much Swaby, I appreciate that!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature of this most interesting creature.

  • Thank you Trish, they are a favorite of mine!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Barb Miller
    Barb Millerover 4 years ago

    I’m glad we don’t have these guys here on the farm. It’s bad enough the mosquitoes love me. I am a walking magnet for them. Regardless … this is a very nice capture. Barb

  • I will take this guy before mosquitoes any day! Old wives tale that works, once you are bitten take a banana skin and rub over bite. Helps with the itching….lol. Thank you my friend~☺

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Barb Miller
    Barb Millerover 4 years ago

    Kimberly … have you tried it? The inside or outside of the skin? Right now, I just finished givingt the garden a little drink. I scratch and then use white vinegar. It burns like hell but seems to neutralize the area. Barb

  • Use the inside of the peel. Vinegar works well if you like that “good pain”..lol, Keep an eye out for BM.

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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