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Sonoran desert dry riparian habitat
Just before spotting this Horned Lizard, a Mexican Black Kingsnake was witnessed leaving the area. I believe this lizard is "playing dead". Notice the moisture around the eyes and head where the leaves are sticking to the body. I had not read about one flipping on its back like this. Every time I would right it, it would immediately flip itself back over, very determined, and with a bit of strength. It would also close it's eyes, open one, then close it quickly if I moved at all.