Sceloporus orcutti Granite Spiny Lizard
Borrego Palm Canyon, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, San Diego County, CaliforniaAugust 1, 1999
Granite Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus orcutti)
The boulders near the palm oasis were festooned with small-scaled lizards, banded rock lizards, and these large wary fellows. Most of them wouldn't let me get near enough for a photo before scuttling away into a dark crevice, or around the back of a large rock. This one finally stayed still on a palm trunk while I slowly crept up on it.
Borrego Palm Canyon, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, San Diego County, CaliforniaJuly 3, 2006
Granite Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus orcutti)
The granite spiny lizards were really annoying on this extremely hot morning. I saw a lot of them in about an hour and a half (20, but who's counting?), but couldn't get near enough to any of them to get a decent close-up photo. They would mock me by basking in plain sight, waiting until I was almost ready to take a photo, then casually climbing out of sight into a crevice in the granite.
Borrego Palm Canyon, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, San Diego County, CaliforniaApril 24, 2009
Granite Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus orcutti)
Three years later, and the granite spiny lizards were no more cooperative. There weren't as many around as on my last visit, but they were just as elusive.
South of Ensenada, Baja California, MexicoMay 16, 2013
Granite Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus orcutti) Granite Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus orcutti) Granite Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus orcutti)
We saw many of these wary lizards from the car, but they dashed behind a rock or into a crevice if we approached anywhere near. The first picture is of a reasonably large adult. The second and third pictures are of a youngster. The youngsters are often lighter in color, like this one.
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