Stenocercus fimbriatus — Western Leaf Lizard
These ground-dwelling lizards are amazingly good dead-leaf mimics, and they know it. They sit perfectly still, relying on their camouflage, unless approached very closely. Then they race off a ways and freeze once again. This one is not in full camouflage mode because I managed to catch it and get it to pose for a few moments on a small branch.
Here's a more typical position, poised in the leaf litter and partly obscured by it.
Here's another that I managed to catch and pose in the open.
I had good luck with these lizards this year. I saw a number of them either before they ran off, or after they ran just a short distance and then struck a pose of "you can't see me because I am so well-camouflaged".
Another nicely self-posed little camouflaged lizard.
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- Duellman, W.E. 2005. Cusco Amazónico: The Lives of Amphibians and Reptiles in an Amazonian Rainforest