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BenChesebrough Texas Night Snake
Texas Night Snake commented on by BenChesebrough Texas, USA6 years ago

Really pretty snake. I have the hardest time telling any of the subspecies apart. Is the subspecies determined contextually via where it was found, or are there visual differences between the Texas, Desert, and California varieties?

BenChesebrough spiny lizard
spiny lizard commented on by BenChesebrough New Mexico, USA6 years ago

Amazing pictures. It's very rare to get a picture that shows that the black in the eye is just the pupil. I love that. In most pictures, the entire eye looks black.

BenChesebrough unknown baby lizard
unknown baby lizard commented on by BenChesebrough New Mexico, USA6 years ago

I'm almost positive it's an Uta. There are several subspecies of Uta Stansburiana that can have similar patterns to this one. Particularly, the plateau subspecies comes to mind, though it could be others as the pattern sometimes doesn't fully develop until they get a little older. Uta's are some of my very favorite reptiles.

BenChesebrough Ornate Tree Lizard
Ornate Tree Lizard commented on by BenChesebrough Arizona, USA6 years ago

I think that it could also be a Sceloporus of some form. The shape of the head doesn't seem to fit with Urosaurus, at least the ones that I usually see. I could be wrong, though.

BenChesebrough Ornate Tree Lizard
Ornate Tree Lizard commented on by BenChesebrough Utah, USA6 years ago

I think this is a genus Sceloporus. Not sure on the exact species, but definitely not Urosaurus.

BenChesebrough long-tailed brush lizard
long-tailed brush lizard commented on by BenChesebrough Indio, California, USA6 years ago

I think you are right about the pattern. It's an Uta Stansburiana.

BenChesebrough Side blotched lizard
Side blotched lizard commented on by BenChesebrough Los Angeles, California, USA6 years ago

In my opinion, this isn't an Uta. It's a Sceloporus of some form. Probably Sceloporus graciosus.

BenChesebrough Ornate tree lizard
Ornate tree lizard commented on by BenChesebrough New Mexico, USA6 years ago

I don't think this is an Urosaurus. This is an Uta Stansburiana.

BenChesebrough Unknown spotting
Unknown spotting commented on by BenChesebrough Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA6 years ago

Looks like a checkered whiptail to me. Definitely a Cnemidophorus. To my understanding, it can sometimes be hard to tell the exact species due to inter-species breeding. I see these very commonly in the Ojito, just a few miles north from here, always on top of mesas or in grasslands.

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