Desert Spiny Lizard — Sequined
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A few posts back I published an image of a Desert Spiny Lizard climbing our back yard wall. I remarked then that these lizards often sport highly distinctive colors and patterns of colors. The other day I photographed another Desert Spiny Lizard and this image illustrates just how brilliantly colored these lizards can be. This lizard’s highly reflective scales make it look almost as if it is wearing sequins.
These lizards come in an endless variety of colors, with no two Desert Spinys exactly alike in appearance. These lizards’ bright color displays may be for the purpose of attracting members of the opposite sex or it may be for some unknown reason. The bright turquoise patch at the base of this lizard’s throat suggests strongly that the individual depicted here is a male.
Image made with a Canon 5DS-R, 180 mm f3.5 L Macro lens assisted by Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite, M setting, ISO 160, f10 @ 1/160.