April 17, 2014 - about 69 degrees.
Rescued from cat and released into brush pile. Approx 10" long nose to tail.
S. olivaceus found burrowing under rocks in a flower bed near the guest quarters at Independence Creek Nature Preserve. The specimen is female, and gravid (pic included), leading me to believe she might be constructing a burrow to lay her eggs. Specimen was preserved and added to the University of Texas herp collection.
This was taken with a phone through my binoculars, which may account for the strange color?
The Texas spiny lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus) is a species of phrynosomatid lizard native to the south central United States, in the states of Texas and Oklahoma, and northeastern Mexico in the states of Coahuila, Nuevo León, Tamaulipas, and San Luis Potosí. They are quite common throughout their range, where they can be found in trees or on fences.