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It was all fun and games till the alligator showed up…

Well, not actually an alligator, but a beautiful spiny lizard. As we were packing up, we found him snoozing in a sheltered nook under my table foot at Birdy Verde.  The event is in a huge tent set up in a field, and they put a carpet down over the dirt — this dude found a good spot to take refuge from all the bustle.  The nights were still going down to near freezing, and who knows, maybe the carpet covered his hidey-hole.

I think he’s a Desert Spiny lizard, since he didn’t have the barred forelegs of a Clark’s.  But I’m not an expert.  Anyone care to weigh in?

At any rate, there he was, all 9 inches of him including tail, looking a lot like a small alligator.  Tom of Tom’s Bird Feeders (and Reptile Supplies) wrangled him into a box >>, and E released him at the edge of the woods.  He scuttled away, a little sluggishly because of the cool temperatures.

<< This is what the west end of an eastbound spiny lizard looks like.

(Photos E.Shock, click to enlarge, especially the middle one!)

Posted by Allison on May 3rd 2011 08:31 am | 2 Comments
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2 Responses to “It was all fun and games till the alligator showed up…”

  1. kate mckinnonon 03 May 2011 at 8:42 am link comment

    Did he have a bright blue belly? If not perhaps he was a She Desert Spiny. My yard is loaded with these guys, isn’t yours?

  2. Allisonon 03 May 2011 at 3:48 pm link comment

    My “he” was imprecise; I didn’t see the belly, but I think it was a girl desert spiny. Clark’s is the other choice up there. And, no; idiotically, our neighborhood is bereft of spiny lizards, although they’re all over the place two miles away at the Desert Botanical Garden. I should have brought her home to release and hoped she was gravid.

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