The Gila Monster was just on the side of the road and visible from the paved street. It did not move for a couple of minutes until it made its way back in the bushes/dirt.
Kept in captivity to be photographed. Uncommonly found in the North of Portugal
Two traveling down trail.
On a fencepost
Basking in the morning.
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,...