King Canyon trail
Mating pair. 91F, mostly overcast, humid, intermittently breezy.
Found while cleaning a water tank.
this is a very young hatchling--it was found as it was hatching and it was only about 2 hours out of the egg when photographed
Lizards are a widespread group of squamate reptiles, with approximately 6,000 species, ranging across all continents except Antarctica, as well as most oceanic island chains. The group, traditionally recognized as the suborder Lacertilia, is defined as all extant members of the Lepidosauria (reptiles with overlapping scales) that are neither sphenodonts (i.e., tuatara) nor snakes – they form an evolutionary grade. While the snakes are recognized as falling phylogenetically within the Toxicofera clade from which they evolved,...