The prickly pears grew extra large on the red and clay soils above the bachelor rancher's place
This has been an unusually wet year, and the mesquite leafed out thick and green
Notice the uric tip on this lizard scat
With the shadows from the grass, and the lizard's coloring, we only spot them when they move.
Another adaptation is to freeze when approached, relying on their cryptic coloring to hide them
This little guy is probably about two months old, a little more than 1.5 inches long. This was the second 'baby' we found, and I was so happy I had my camera this time.
You can tell they're young just by the head to body ratio. Awwww
Brave hunter of ants, fearless navigator of the desert, and yet smaller than my thumb
Cutest thing out there.
This was the third and last baby of the day. THe camera wanted to focus on the ground more than the baby, possibly due to the coloring of the little guy.
Amazingly, this little one scurried away when I opened the door to survey. At first I thought it was a jumbo, but was lucky enough to spot him.
They're just so perfect
I had theorized that ants and lizards preferred more sandy, less silty soil, and areas with a mix of mesquite/juniper and open areas. The spotting of the baby lizard and the nearby ant mound threw that theory out the window, literally. I opened the door to get out of the car (slowly, I hate 100 degrees) and nearly stepped on a baby horned lizard. Go figure.
Cow eats tuna, jumbos eat cow dung, dung beatle gets in on the action too.
Gorgeous pattern on the airport rug, no?