Uma inornata Coachella Fringe-toed Lizard
Coachella Valley Preserve, Riverside County, CaliforniaAugust 1, 1999
Coachella Fringe-toed Lizard (Uma inornata)
All three U.S. species of fringe-toed lizard are in trouble due to habitat destruction. This Coachella Valley species is classified as Endangered due to how little of its natural habitat -- windblown sand dunes -- remains in the Coachella Valley, home of lavish desert resorts and imported date-palm groves.
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