Portraits of Wildflowers

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And a lizard

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Here’s a lizard I found at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument in northern New Mexico on June 12th. Thanks to Pat Maher and Scott Bulgrin of the New Mexico Herpetological Society for identifying this as an eastern collared lizard, Crotaphytus collaris. You can read more about collared lizards at Wild Herps. You can get a much closer view of this one by clicking to enlarge the thumbnail below.

© 2017 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

August 19, 2017 at 4:38 AM

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  1. That’s a good looking lizard. 🙂


    August 19, 2017 at 11:01 AM

  2. what a beauty !!


    August 19, 2017 at 12:28 PM

    • I was fortunate that it stayed in place long enough for me to put on a long lens and gradually move closer, taking pictures as I went.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 19, 2017 at 2:49 PM

  3. That’s a fine-looking specimen. I always wonder at the complexity of patterns. It’s interesting that this one has both brown spots on a white background and white spots on a brown background. It (and its friends on the linked page) do outshine the lizardy hordes running around my place, although I enjoy seeing the babies out and about. Two inch long lizards are almost unbearably cute.

    Just so you know, there is a link between lizards and tomorrow’s eclipse. Imagination’s a wonderful thing.


    August 20, 2017 at 8:35 AM

  4. Very handsome .. love those yellow legs


    August 21, 2017 at 2:05 PM

    • That yellow was the main color in this lizard. The photographs in the linked article show some specimens with aquamarine coloring. I wish I’d seen at least one like that.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 21, 2017 at 2:09 PM

  5. A handsome lizard! Great photo, Steve!

    Lavinia Ross

    August 21, 2017 at 10:13 PM

    • Handsome indeed. This is one lizard that, unlike some others I’ve encountered, didn’t get away unportrayed.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 22, 2017 at 12:00 AM

  6. What a beautiful specimen! We only have small lizards here on the place, and not far from here the Wichita Mountains have the “mountain boomers” (actually collared lizards I think) which I find very beautiful and they actually seem to sit still and pose for the camera.


    September 5, 2017 at 7:14 AM

    • Have you taken advantage of that sitting still and posing for the camera to take some pictures?

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 6, 2017 at 8:39 AM

      • I did years ago… I have not taken the time to hike the Wichitas in many years. I do have some young nieces and nephews that might enjoy such an outing and you can be sure I will have my camera in case I find a poser! 😀


        September 7, 2017 at 6:40 AM

  7. Handsome fellow, lizard and photographer both 🙂


    October 12, 2017 at 12:23 PM

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