San Diego County, California, US
Fairly common along riverwalk trail; one of three seen in an hour walk.
Apologies for the poor image quality, but appears to be a common side-blotched lizard basking on the walls of the Lower Burro Pour-off
Observed foraging in the picnic area near Santa Elena Canyon in Big Bend National Park
Two individuals in this picture. Second picture shows individual in the front.
About three inches long and moving very quickly when we attempted to hand capture.
The common side-blotched lizard (Uta stansburiana) is a species of side-blotched lizard found on the Pacific Coast of North America. It is notable for having a unique form of polymorphism wherein each of the three different male morphs utilizes a different strategy in acquiring mates. The three morphs compete against each other following a pattern of rock, paper, scissors, where one morph has advantages over another but is outcompeted by the third.