A Desert Spiny Lizard Beneath the thin wisps of grass in Monument Valley

A Desert Spiny Lizard Beneath the thin wisps of grass in Monument Valley

Desert spiny lizard in Monument Valley in Arizona, USA

At the end of a very rewarding afternoon that had Bob and I enthralled with the cave dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, we had to return to our base lodgings at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.  The drive took us right past Monument Valley on the border of Utah and Arizona, so we couldn’t pass up seeing the famous landmarks located there.  That is where we came upon this female Desert Spiny Lizard. Read more

Northern Sagebrush Lizard Amongst the Rocks at the Grand Canyon

Northern Sagebrush Lizard Amongst the Rocks At The Grand Canyon

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It was very late in the afternoon when Bob and I landed at Cape Royal, one of the lookout points on the North Rim of  Grand Canyon National Park.  Despite our rush to see the spectacular views before sunset, we took time to observe this little Northern Sagebrush Lizard (Sceloporus graciosus graciosus) seen scampering amongst the rocks right at the lip of the Canyon. Read more

A Northern Whiptail Lizard along the Plateau Point Trail, Grand Canyon

A Northern Whiptail Lizard along the Plateau Point Trail, Grand Canyon

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After we left the oasis of Indian Garden at Grand Canyon National Park, Bob and I wasted no time making headway towards Plateau Point.  The heat was building, the wind was constant, and the sun was torturous.  Still, we forced ourselves to remain vigilant since  other hikers had spotted rattlesnakes on the trail within the past couple of days.  It was when we drew near the water refilling station about 3/4 of the way between the two points that we saw a Northern Whiptail Lizard taking advantage of the puddles of spilled water in the shade of the water reservoir. Read more

A Yellow-backed Spiny Lizard at the Grand Canyon

A Yellow-backed Spiny Lizard at the Grand Canyon

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As Bob and I neared Indian Garden along Bright Angel Trail at Grand Canyon National Park, we kept a keen eye for birds and animals along the way.  I was conscientiously watching for snakes and so tended to scrutinize the trail in front of me to avoid stepping on one, in particular any Grand Canyon Rattlesnakes that might be sunning themselves.  It was Bob who spied this Yellow-backed Spiny Lizard where it originally sat hunched on the small branch of a Catclaw AcaciaRead more