Texas spiny lizard found in the house. I let it outside. Was missing its tail.
fairly common resident of most of Texas; its range also extends northward into Oklahoma and southward well into Mexico. It spends a great deal of time on fence posts and in trees where it searches for food, but can be encountered on rocks or on the ground as well.
They like to lay nests in our gardens. Note the beautiful bark like scaling :)
According to Coach we have a very large fellow on the campus. Please do not attempt to catch him if you find him. Be kind and snap a picture :)
I've only seen a wild Texas spiny lizard once in 2012.
Basking on 90 degree day
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.