Xantusia henshawi Granite Night Lizard
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, San Diego County, CaliforniaMay 27, 2021
Granite Night Lizard (Xantusia henshawi)
This species is more common in the San Diego area than it is in the desert proper, but when I'm down in that part of the state I'm usually in the desert, so I haven't spent any time looking for them near the coast. I had looked in appropriate habitat many times to no avail. On this evening, I spent a couple of hours searching in appropriate habitat for both this species and another small nocturnal granite-dwelling lizard that I hadn't yet seen, the Peninsular Leaf-toed Gecko. I eventually saw two of those little rascals and was quite happy with that. When I returned to my car, I thought maybe I should go have one last look at the giant granite boulders right next to where I parked, and it's a good thing I did.
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