Jan
28
2014

Psychedelic lizard

Posted in John's Musings by john

My favorite Sonoran Desert lizard is the psychedelically colored collared lizard.  Collared lizards often perch on large boulders on the lookout for a meal.  They prey on other lizards but also eat insects and other invertebrates.  I once spent two weeks photographing collared lizards in an isolated canyon.  They moved so little from their boulder perches that I might have imagined they were statues.  Suddenly, one rocketed off on its hind legs!  Skidding to a halt, it grabbed a darkling beetle and quickly gobbled it down.  It then went back into statue mode until the next unfortunate creature wandered by. Good things come to those who wait – both collared lizards and photographers.

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