Sceloporus virgatus Striped Plateau Lizard
Chiricahua National Monument, Cochise County, ArizonaMay 13, 2000
Striped Plateau Lizard (Sceloporus virgatus)
This lizard's range is mostly in Mexico, but intersects a tiny little bit of southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico. We saw just one of these tykes in the Chiricahua National Monument, which was littered with Mountain Spiny Lizards, another species in the same genus. Every time we saw another lizard it turned out to be another Mountain Spiny. When my friend John McCaffrey found this individual, he was very excited to realize that it was at long last a different species.
Chiricahua Mountains, Cochise County, ArizonaAugust 15, 2013
Striped Plateau Lizard (Sceloporus virgatus) Striped Plateau Lizard (Sceloporus virgatus) Striped Plateau Lizard (Sceloporus virgatus)
This was my second trip to the Chiricahua Mountains, and it left me wondering how the heck I could have only seen one of these lizards on my previous trip. This time they were everywhere, in large numbers.
Cochise County, ArizonaAugust 23, 2016
Striped Plateau Lizard (Sceloporus virgatus)
Three years later and many fewer Striped Plateau Lizards made themselves known to me. I saw just a handful, and only got mediocre photos of this individual.
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