Wednesday, 29 April 2015

A Tough Learning Curve

When we moved to this house I discovered we had masses of lizards all over our land. Just one problem, I didn't know what any of them were. There are the easy ones, the Desert Spiny Lizard, the Regal Horned Lizard and of course, the one and only Gila Monster but the rest? There are so many and every one of them looks different.

So it has taken me a while to realise that in fact many of them that look very different are actually the same species. Take for example this handsome fellow, a male Common Side-blotched Lizard.

And this one? Well that is where the problems start, this is a Common Side-blotched Lizard too! This is the female of the species. Is it any wonder that it is taking me a long time to work them out?


eileeninmd said...

Hello Celeste, the male is pretty. Great captures of your lizards.. Have a great day!

Marie C said...

After the recent incident where one was almost adopted by my grandson and great-nephew (if you look a couple of posts back on my blog) I watched as a Side-blotched dug a pretty deep hole in the sand of my back yard, then later it was almost covered. I am thinking, an egg lay. I marked the spot. The chances of us seeing her babies hatch are pretty slim, but one can hope! :-)

Celeste said...

Thanks Eileen, have a great week :)

Celeste said...

How wonderful that they are breeding in your yard Marie, I love having them around although our resident kestrels are eating a lot of them right now :(

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