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Early Morning Nature Walk: Desert Spiny Lizard

Desert Spiny Lizard: Mike in Tucson, AZ mortgage lender

~ Taking in the morning sun: Desert Spiny Lizard ~

Desert Spiny Lizard doing pushups: Mike in Tucson, AZ mortgage lender

~ Push-up dominance display: Desert Spiny Lizard ~

Desert Spiny Lizard: Mike in Tucson, AZ mortgage lender

This big male (11 inches overall) Desert Spiny Lizard has been a resident of our back yard for the past three years.  He likes to climb up to a sunny place and warm himself in the morning sun. 

Spiny Lizards have the ability to change their color so that they are darker when it is cooler. The darker color allows them to absorb more of the sun's rays and warm themselves more quickly.

We appreciate this guy; he makes his living eating spiders and other insects!

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Comment balloon 19 commentsMike Jones • June 14 2011 12:45PM

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Barbara,

Thanks for being the first to comment!  When you consider that we have tarantulas here in the Sonoran Desert, it's easy to get used to something that eats them.  :)

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 9 years ago

Mike, I used to love catching lizards when I was a kid.  I am sure that it wasn't much fun for the lizards, but it was fun for me.  You did a great job capturing the lizard in these photos!  

Posted by Tony & Darcy Cannon, The C Team (Aubrey and Associates Realty) over 9 years ago

Darcy,

Thanks for stopping by to comment.  When I was a kid in South America, we regularly saw lizards four and five feet long.  They're harder to catch...

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 9 years ago

Mike,

Good to see you.

That's a neat trick changing colors to control their body heat.

I say one smart lizard, makes me belive a little green one might be able to sell insurance.  8>))

Bill

Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) over 9 years ago

I Linda Vista Trail Lizardlove all the lizards - as long as they stay OUTSIDE the house! 

Posted by Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY (Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ) over 9 years ago

Mike, I have to admit to an aversion to such creatures.  However, that aside, those are remarkable photos.  (And, thanks!)

Posted by Suzanne McLaughlin, Sabinske & Associates, Realtor (Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael)) over 9 years ago

Howdy and afternoon to you Mike

Mike,
you sure did come along a mighty fine looking Native resident of the desert, on your morning nature walk. As always you sure did post of mighty fine posts for folks to set their eyes upon.

Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) over 9 years ago

Mike, great catch, with the camera, that is.  Is this the lizard that looks like it's doing push ups?

Posted by Juli Vosmik, Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739 (Dominion Fine Properties) over 9 years ago

HI MIKE!  Are these the ones that look like they are doing push ups when they sit still?!

Posted by Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind, Broker/Owner (KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Mike

That's one big Desert Spiny Lizard.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 9 years ago

Hi Mike, it's been awhile since I have been able to stop by your blog. Still looking good and your photographs are even more spectacular! Nice job!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Mike, As often as I have visited my parents I have never seen one of these guys.  I was going to say little but I don't think 11 inches quaifies as a little guy.  Our little gecko's are little.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 9 years ago

Mike,

These look a lot like the iguanas we have running loose around here - bright green to mud brown. :)

Steve

Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) over 9 years ago

Steve,

Iguanas are a lot larger, and (from personal experience as a kid in South America) very good to eat!

Marchel,

As a kid, we would regularly see lizards four and five feet long.  It's all in the perspective...  :)

Russell,

Welcome back!

Lou,

It's good to see you.

Gab,

That's the one.  ...and he's doing a Push Up in the second photo!

Juli,

This is the one!

Dale,

Glad to please, my friend!

Suzanne,

So I guess that if one got into your house...  LOL

Cara,

That's a GREAT shot!

Bill,

I took a break...  Thanks for stopping by!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 9 years ago

Mike - I see your comment about lizards 4 feet long. What do they eat, small dogs.

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) over 9 years ago

What a cool lizard! I had an iguana when I was growing up. He watched tv with me  - he sat on top of the sofa and put his head by mine..........wonder what he was thinking.............

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 9 years ago

That's a good looking lizard.  I didn't read the comments, did you say how big he is?  Looks like a foot or so, w/tail...

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) over 9 years ago

Great shots!  I am so happy they are there and not here!  LOL

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) over 9 years ago

 

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Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) over 9 years ago

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