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Desert Iguana by Kimberly Chadwick

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Taken at Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum
using a Canon Powershot SX10IS

A large lizard with a long tail, stocky limbs, and a small, blunt head. The back is usually gray to brown with white dots surrounded by reddish brown reticulations. The lower sides are cream to tan with reddish brown dots or dashes. Adults have a rust colored patch on the side of the belly during breeding season. Red-brown spots merge together to form bands on the tail. the tail is taller then it is wide. A row of enlarged, ponied scales runs down the the mid-line of the back.

Found in the Mohave and lower Colorado River desert scrubs and sometimes in Arizona Upland Desert-scrub. Frequents flat-lands with sandy or clay soils, dunes and gently sloping bajadas.

Active on very hot days, even when most other lizards are undercover. A ground dweller that will occasionally climb bushes to retrieve flowers and leaves, particularly the small yellow flowers of the creosote bush. A very fast runner that often seeks refuge in burrows when frightened. Primarily herbivorous, they will also eat insects and occasionally carrion.

Breeds April to July and lays a clutch of up to 8 eggs in late spring or summer.

This guy visits my back yard (Marana,AZ) every afternoon feeding on the blooms that fall of my desert willow.

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My goal is to get my name out there among the vast ocean of Natural photographers. To be known for my skill with a Point & Shoot~

My images are not photo shopped. They have only been adjusted with basic sharpening, contrasting & saturation techniques. I believe that in order to appreciate Nature, you have to capture it as it is, naturally.

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  • JoyceIone
    JoyceIoneover 4 years ago

    “Excellent! Thank you for submitting your work to the Art & Collectables Sales Group. ":
    Love it! But then, I love all the desert creatures!

  • Thank you Joycelone! You have to be a true desert rat at heart then?

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • JoyceIone
    JoyceIoneover 4 years ago

    Hi Kimberly, I’m on the second volume of my life, living in the desert. First 60 years were in the Midwest. What a fun change for me. Life is fabulous when you make the most of it!

  • Amen darlin!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • John Hooton
    John Hootonover 4 years ago

    Looks like a shady character but handsome. Very neat composition making a super shot!

  • He was very helpful until the children arrived,lol. Thank you John, it nice to have made a new friend in our little world.

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 4 years ago

    Nice bit of camouflage there – what a beauty! He looks as if he’s about to say something profound. You will be listening, I am certain!

  • You know it! Thank you Sheila, your comments always put a smile on my face!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    Lovely capture … blends well with his surrounds.

  • Thanks Trish~☺

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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