Saw over 50 Uta while hiking the Sandstone Peak loop. This one was just below the peak.
Saw over 50 Uta while hiking the Sandstone Peak Loop. In this same stretch, I saw only two Sceloporus.
Saw this little guy sitting on the sidewalk outside TJ Max. Had to pick him up to move him so he didn't get stepped on. I didn't realize I was fast enough to catch a "blotchy" as they're usually REALLY quick. Maybe the heat made him slow, or two drinks at Lazy Dog Cafe made me fast. Or maybe it's because he's really young.
Seen at the peak of Ryan Mountain
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.