Male Side-Blotched Lizard (Uta stansburiana).
2-3 cm long
A young male Desert Tortoise that encountered that was browsing on plants at the edge of a road in the late afternoon near Kelso Dunes. We stayed with him until he finally left the road, to try to protect him from careless drivers.
master spry; student stoned
We observed a single Ringtail inside the Bunny Club at the Sweeney Granite Mountain Desert Research Center. It had crawled up through a small space between the boulder and the floor boards, sneaking up the face of the boulder to where some food scraps. The ringtail woud snatch some scraps, pause to put some food in its mouth, then dart back down the small opening between the boulder and floor boards. It paused just long enough for some good photographs.
We found the California Kingsnake basking in the evening, preparing itself for its night stalking just off the trail near the Norris field station at Granite Mountain UC Natural Reserve.