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Yarrow’s Spiny Lizard

Whilst visiting Ramsey Canyon with Drena and Jeff Meyer, we found quite a few YARROW’S SPINY LIZARDS. Here’s a more normal looking specimen:

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Yarrow’s Spiny Lizard

We found a really interesting looking one. It was quite small and lacked a really full collar, so was maybe a younger individual. But what it lacked in stature it made up for in color. It was showing extremely well and didn’t run away, which was unusual. This was explained when it darted from the log it was skulking on and grabbed a large insect from the trail just inches from our feet. We got to watch it manipulate this insect (possibly one of the more fancy robber flies?) for some time, changing position as it did so. From different angles it was quite amazing to see how the colors could change so dramatically, from green to pink.

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Yarrow’s Spiny Lizard

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Yarrow’s Spiny Lizard

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Yarrow’s Spiny Lizard

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Yarrow’s Spiny Lizard

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Yarrow’s Spiny Lizard

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Yarrow’s Spiny Lizard

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Yarrow’s Spiny Lizard

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Yarrow’s Spiny Lizard