鹽蛇 / 原尾蜥虎(Hemidactylus bowringii)
Juvenile. Discovered and photographed at the Refuge HQ near FM 1431.
Photographed at the edge of a small collapsed (filled) sinkhole which was subsequently named "Garter Sink" after this critter. Juniper-oak woodland on limestone plateau. Note the mass of daddy-longlegs massed in the upper corner of one photo.
Sorry about the fuzzy pic; cloudy day with slow shutter on my point-and-shoot.
Perched about 3 feet above the ground on a bush.
Juvenile. Didn't have any color on its belly. Found in the Bear Creek High School parking lot. Now has a safe home in my backyard. Don't worry he wasn't squashed in my hands when I held them.
The Squamata, or the scaled reptiles, are the largest recent order of reptiles, comprising all lizards and snakes. With over 9,000 species, it is the second-largest order of vertebrates after the perciform fish. Members of the order are distinguished by their skins, which bear horny scales or shields. They also possess movable quadrate bones, making it possible to move the upper jaw relative to the braincase. This is particularly visible in snakes, which are able to...