Sceloporus variabilis — Rose-bellied Lizard
Some other names for this species:
Rosebelly Lizard, Texas Rose-bellied Lizard, Pink Belly Swift
I found this pretty little Sceloporus hiding under a log. When uncovered, it ran to the nearest safe-looking spot, which was under my shoe (which I was, indeed, wearing at the time). I slowly lifted my shoe, and it ran back under the log. I turned the log again, and it ran back under my shoe. At that point I managed to convince it to sit still on top of the log for a short while and pose for a couple of pictures.
- Conant, R., Collins, J. T. 1998. Peterson Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of Eastern and Central North America, Third Edition, expanded
- Crother, B. I. (ed.) 2012. Scientific and Standard English Names of Amphibians and Reptiles of North America North of Mexico, with Comments Regarding Confidence in Our Understanding. SSAR Herpetological Circular 39:1-92.
- Smith, H. M. 1995. Handbook of Lizards: Lizards of the United States and Canada