This lizard began sunning itself on the top of a half-height galvanized rooftop. It allowed me to photograph it at length. After a time, a member of our group expressed a wish that we could catch a fly for it (it expressed interest in them as they flew by), and I retrieved a pseudoscorpion or sun spider, ~1" long, I had caught from my brother-in-law's bed in the morning. I carefully placed the container with the pseudoscorpion or sun spider in the direction in which I thought it would escape in a trajectory to be caught by the lizard. It was; the lizard caught it by its midsection and ran under the roof, out of sight. Within five minutes the lizard returned, defecated and urinated, and appeared to have a fatter belly.
Appears to be a juvenile; some details are hard to see but it lacks the "silky" look found in S. graciosus with its smaller, less spiny scales. Photo by Paul Montanez.
Southern Alligator Lizard belongs to Chordata. It placed on family Anguidae. The south Alligator lizard has a long, somewhat prehensile tail.
Western fence lizard or side-blotch. This was the only photo I got.
Common Side-blotched Lizard sunning on a rock in the alluvial scrub community.
Rancho El Chivato. Female
Rancho El Chivato. Male
Imperial County, California, US
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.