found basking from a rock and garbage pile, in a decadent restaurant, in Zobue.
I'm convinced it is a V. niloticus even thought any water streem is several hundred meters away
I took the kids and my brother in law on a trip to the mojave desert. On the way we stopped alongside the road at a rocky hillside and saw this nice collard lizard and were able to catch for close up pics. Not a bad way to start the trip. We also saw a few chuckwallas on rocks along way but didn't get any pics.
Gravid female, tissue sample taken and released
Male, tissue sample taken and released
Female, tissue sample taken and kept for ft worth zoo project
Western fence lizard
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,...