Horned Lizard ~ Desert by Kimberly Chadwick

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Taken in Tucson, Arizona using a Canon Powershot SX10IS. Though I wish the light was different, it was nice of him to stop for a brief moment so I could get off a few shots.

A medium sized, flat and broad lizard. Long horn-like scales protrude from the back of the head. Various shades of brown overall, with highlights of orange or salmon along the lower edges of the body. Coloration often matches the soil on which they are found. Almost always has a pair of dark blotches on the neck. On the back are scales and irregular dark blotches. There is but a single fringe of enlarged, pointed scales on each side.

Found in Sonoran and Mohave desert scrub, as well as Great Basin Desert scrub. Usually encountered in flat, open areas with sparse vegetation. Most likely to run than most horned lizards, although it often stops after a short sprint. Eats ants, other insects and some plants. Lays one or two clutches of up to 16 eggs from May to August.

► Dorsal strip is faint or absent
► Single fringe of enlarged pointed scales along side body.

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  • EagleHunter
    EagleHunterover 4 years ago

    Handsome guy isn’t he, it’s amazing how he blends into his surroundings.

  • Truly amazing actually, I was lucky to have spotted this one. Thank you!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkerover 4 years ago

    Nice capture ….Hugs…Tom

  • Thank you Tom!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Jon Staniland
    Jon Stanilandover 4 years ago

    Great capture!

  • I appreciate that Jon, thank you!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Lee-Anne Carver
    Lee-Anne Carverover 4 years ago

    Super shot Kimberly. He is gorgeous. You’re telling me those curly things are beans?

  • Yes Ma’am I am……lol. here is a link for a little info on our beans. What you are seeing are the dried cavities after they have been split and harvested by the native wildlife…….

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    Well captured Kimberly!
    Don’t think I would like to hold him with bare hands :)

  • They really aren’t that bad, my daughter has been catching them since she could run without falling…lol. Thank you!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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