Sunning along the trail.
Common sagebrush lizard.
On dry rocks along Cleetwood Trail descending to Crater Lake
Found up high in the mountains among oak, incense cedar and Jefferey pine.
I showed my herpetologist friend Paul this "Blue Belly" I shot while away from him: "No. Sagebrush. Smaller scales." I had not idea such a creature existed.
The sagebrush lizard (Sceloporus graciosus) is a common species of phrynosomatid lizard found at mid to high altitudes in the western United States of America. It belongs to the genus Sceloporus (spiny lizards) in the Phrynosomatidae family of reptiles. Named after the sagebrush plants near which it is commonly found, the sagebrush lizard has keeled and spiny scales running along its dorsal surface.