A neighbor gave me this skink to photograph and have Identified.
It is in a bag of glycerin.
There are 2 in this photo. I've never seen these in this park before. Also saw a gopher snake about 10 meters away but it went into a bush and disappeared before I could shoot a photo.
On Double Peak Trail. Appeared to be in a territorial dispute with another whiptail. It appeared to be marking the dirt with its vent.
Observation and photo by Ronlorraine.
I understand that these lizards rarely let humans get close to them, this guy must have been the exception.
I saw about 4 or 5 racerunners along the Dune Ridge Trail, no doubt lured out by the sunny weather.
Adult foraging on open gravel road in picnic area, 1425 hrs.
Two males actively foraging and chasing along open and exposed bedrock rim with sparse grasses and herbaceous vegetation, some overstory canopy of juniper and oaks.
Teiidae is a family of lizards native to the Americas, generally known as whiptails. The group includes the parthenogenic genera Cnemidophorus and Aspidoscelis, and the non-parthenogenic Tupinambis. It has over 230 member species in ten genera. About 75% of the species are in two dominant genera, Aspidoscelis and Cnemidophorus.