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paul johnson
(pj) - F

Locale: LazyBoy in my Den - miss the forest
Carol's Lizard on 06/25/2005 05:01:26 MDT Print View

[if i happen to be incorrect in my identification, PLEASE correct me. i don't mind being wrong once, but don't like being wrong more than once & don't want to make the same mis-identification a second time - i simply hate giving others misinformation.]

Had been meaning to respond sooner, but my memory is not too good for these kinds of things (quite absent-minded am i).

Perhaps all of you out West already know what kind of lizard was in Carol's photo in her Canyon Trip report article in a recent BPL OnLine Mag issue?

However, just in case: 1) it was NOT a somewhat (from her perspective at least) rhetorical question on her part, i.e. that she already knew the ans. & was quizzing readers about a well known western lizard, & 2) no one else has responded in case she didn't really know the ans.

My best guess,'s been a long time since Herpetology class - my Prof., Dr. A, happened to specialize in Iguanas & Western American Lizards, (since size wasn't mentioned - was it 5"-6" long head+body & a 8"-12" long tail??? - typ. adult size) is...

...that it is a "Leopard Lizard" due to the spotted pigmentation on the skin & the geographical area in which it was located, plus the nearby vegetation (though this feature is helpful it is by no means definitive). They don't make good pets & often try to bite when captured or when attempting to handle.

Would you please pass this info along to her.

Many thanks,

Edited by pj on 06/25/2005 05:17:49 MDT.

Carol Crooker
(cmcrooker) - MLife

Locale: Desert Southwest, USA
lizard on 07/16/2005 13:43:39 MDT Print View

Hi Paul,
Dave Johnston beat you to the punch. I've credited both of you with identifying the lizard in a change I added to the online article. I'll have a new unknown creature in an upcoming article.