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Hikin_Jim

What Lizard?

I was on the S Fork Trail (from Islip Saddle) on Wednesday, and I saw several of these guys (below).  What are they?  










HJ
mattmaxon

http://www.californiaherps.com/lizards/pages/c.bicinctores.html

Crotaphytus bicinctores - Great Basin Collared Lizard

It looks like these but it is way out of their range...
cougarmagic

Super nice photos Jim.  You might want to send a message to that website Matt listed - they are always interested in sightings, especially because it does look like this one is way out of the known range.  I've never seen one (though I don't notice lizards much anyway).

What a beautiful creature!
Hikin_Jim

I saw more than one.  The last two photos are of a second lizard.  Their tails and feet are a yellowy color.  They were all over the lower S. Fork Trail.   They seemed at home.

Maybe I'll post a message to that site.

HJ
cab

We saw one of those lizards in Union Wash a few weeks ago when we were on our way back from a hike of Inyo and Keynot Peaks (Inyo mountain range, NE of Lone Pine).  I guess that is considered part of their home range, though.  Pretty cool looking creatures.
Hikin_Jim

I posted an observation.  Their diagram of the lizard's range didn't make it look as though he was out of his range.

HJ
HikeUp

Listed as uncommon by Chester  Very Happy http://tchester.org/sgm/animals/lizards.html

Colorful creature - probably got its yellow feet from eating too many endangered MYLF (mountain yellow-legged frogs).
Hikin_Jim

HikeUp wrote:
Listed as uncommon by Chester  Very Happy http://tchester.org/sgm/animals/lizards.html

Colorful creature - probably got its yellow feet from eating too many endangered MYLF (mountain yellow-legged frogs).
 "sometimes runs on two hind legs"

Now that would be cool to see!  

HJ
Uncle Rico

Really nice pics HJ. Great resolution and sharpness. What are you shooting with?
Mike P

Hey Jim, thanks for posting those great pics. (I'm a little late on the subject - haven't checked in on the board lately as work has been thankfully busy.) I have been lucky enough to have noosed a few collared lizards near the Zzyzx area. It's pretty fun to chase them down while they're running bipedally!

I was just up on Mt Islip on Saturday (6/1) and was looking down on the South Fork trail. Is it in good condition?
Hikin_Jim

Uncle Rico wrote:
Really nice pics HJ. Great resolution and sharpness. What are you shooting with?
 Rico, I'm shooting with a Sony Cybershot DSC-HX30V.  Pretty nice camera although I understand that Sony is having some serious problems as a corporation.  Not sure I'd buy anything from Sony right now.

HJ
Hikin_Jim

Mike P wrote:
I was just up on Mt Islip on Saturday (6/1) and was looking down on the South Fork trail. Is it in good condition?
 OK but not great shape.  A lot of loose slides on the trail, burying the tread.  You just scramble up and over them; no big deal to me, but the guy I was with was freaking out.

HJ

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