California Deserts, August 1999
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Mojave Fringe-toed Lizard
Ah, you knew it, didn't you? As soon as the lizards woke up (around 9:30), there was a lizard darting into every creosote bush. Most of these were zebra-tailed lizards, but the others were the Mojave fringe-toed lizards I was looking for. These two species are very difficult to tell apart when they're racing away from you, by the way. This young fringe-toed lizard eventually got tired of me following it from bush to bush, and settled down long enough for me to get a few photographs.
So my four-day trip ended on a happy note, completing the set of U.S. fringe-toed lizards. Who could ask for anything more?
John Sullivan
September 8, 1999

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