Saturday, June 27, 2020

Zebra-Tailed Lizard

On June 27, 2020, my 11th trip to the Colorado Desert this spring/summer, I saw my first zebra-tailed lizard. I've had this experience before, where an area I've gone previously reveals them in hotter weather. It was about 10:00 a.m. and approximately 104 degrees. It was north of the large rocks in the flat in a wash. I followed it for about five minutes. 
At first it looped forward its black and white (zebra-striped) tail, thought to be a sign to predators that they have been spotted. 
That scorpion-like tail is the most fun thing about the lizard. 
After I followed it for a minute or two it let it's tail down. 

1 comment:

  1. I can imagine a giant version of this lizard in a sci-fi movie. It really is weirdly unique.