Kentropyx pelviceps — Forest Whiptail
These whiptails were fairly easy to see in and around forest light gaps when the sun was shining, but for the most part they behaved like other whiptails and nervously twitched their way out of sight before a camera could be properly aimed. This large individual bucked the trend by basking in plain sight just off the trail, and actually holding a position for more than five seconds.
This one is very young and correspondingly brightly colored. It held this position for some time, which would have been nicer if its snout hadn't been in shadow. If I didn't have a foolish love of natural light, I could have gotten a much better photo by using my flash.
Another very young whiptail, similarly basking. From my pictures on this page, you might think that all these lizards do is relax in the sun. In fact, they are usually scuttling through the leaf litter, but it's very hard to get a decent photograph while they're doing that.
Not too many of these whiptails around this year. I saw a few that scurried off, but this is the only one I managed to photograph.
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