Found perched along fence between depot and railroad. Was seen catching and eating a moth.
1st year juvenile, pretty fresh. Ca 85deg F at TOS.
Syn. Cheilanthes wootonii
Juvenile stationed near a burrow, which seemed like a pretty common position for these guys.
I think this might have been desert lily but like several curious plants I saw, it wasn't in bloom yet.
Our first of many, probably still warming up, b/c almost all subsequent individuals were lightning fast and bolted for burrows long before you could get all that close. Note the prominent parietal eye.
We saw a few on the fences by the Kelso Dunes parking area. Some were cooperative, others retreated into the creosote. Only ones we saw on the trip.
Feel like I saw this species or very similar ones at almost every place we explored in the Mojave.
One of about 8 I saw. Absolutely love these lizards.
One of the least-real animals I've encountered in recent memory.