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The spiny lizard relaxing

Sunday, December 31, 2006 | 0 comments

When Esme and I were walking near the town of El Limón Totalco, Veracruz, I noticed a particular pile of volcanic rock. I said to Esme that it looked to me like the perfect hiding place for a snake, so I carefully removed some stones, and we found a big spiny lizard (Sceloporus species).

Spiny lizard (Sceloporus species) relaxing in my hand.
Spiny lizard (Sceloporus species) relaxing in my hand.

The big lizard clumsy walked away. Esme tried to grab it carefully, but the lizard turned around and hissed angrily at her. I did also an attempt, and managed to get the spiny lizard on my hand. After a few photos it seemed to relax. Moreover, in the above photo it looks like it's quite happy and even enjoying itself.

Close-up of the spiny lizard (Sceloporus species).
Close-up of the spiny lizard (Sceloporus species).

After a few more photos we let this beautiful specimen go, and it slowly walked away from us, back into its hiding place, which I had put back as I had found it while Esme held the lizard.

Spiny lizard (Sceloporus species) in its natural habitat.
Spiny lizard (Sceloporus species) in its natural habitat.

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