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Lizard tracks drawing  Kim A. Cabrera. Do not use without permission.

Lizard Tracks

Natural History of Lizards

Shasta alligator lizard. Photo  Kim A. Cabrera 2007

 

Lizard photo  by Kim A. Cabrera 2007.  Do not use without permission.

 

Lizards are cold-blooded reptiles. Since they cannot make their own body heat, they spend a lot of time out in the sun, staying warm. You will find them on fence posts, rocks, logs, pavement, fences, walls, and many more places. There are more than 3000 species of lizards, making them the largest group of reptiles. They have dry, scaly skin and clawed feet. Lizard tails are fragile and easily break off. This can be beneficial in that it allows the lizard to escape from predators. Some lizards use their tails to store fat reserves.
Most lizards eat insects. (They are insectivores.) Some are vegetarians and a few will eat small mammals and eggs.

Fence lizard tracks. Photo by Kim A. Cabrera 2002.
Fence lizard tracks in dust.

They are found in tropical and sub-tropical habitats.

Lany lizards can defend themselves by biting and there are two species that are venomous. The scaly skin helps protect against predators. The chameleon can change its color to match that of its environment. This allows it to camouflage itself and hide from predators.

The largest lizard is the Komodo dragon.

Since they are, for the most part, lightweight animals, their tracks can be difficult to see unless you have the right conditions of soil and light. Sometimes the tail will leave a drag mark in the trail. You will find little scratches that indicate where the feet were placed. The long toes may, on occasion, be visible in the trail.

Fence lizard tracks. Photo by Kim A. Cabrera 2002.
Fence lizard tracks in dust. Penny, for scale, is 3/4 inch across.

 
alligator lizard
Alligator lizard
 
alligator lizard
Alligator lizard
 
fence lizard on tree
Fence lizard on a tree
 
aligator lizard with ticks
This alligator lizard is infested with many ticks!
 
fence lizard scat
The scat left by a fence lizard on top of a log.
 
lizard tracks in dust
Fence lizard tracks in fine dusty soil.
 
Lizard tracks
Lizard tracks - unknown species
 
Liard tracks
Lizard tracks - unknown species
 
Skink under rock in winter.

I found this skink underneath a rock during the winter. It must have been the skink's winter hideaway. I replaced his roof right away!

 

Lizard tracks photo by Kim A. Cabrera 2005

Lizard tracks crossing a dirt road

 

Lizard tracks. Copyright Kim A. Cabrera 2007.

Lizard trail crossing a dirt road. Note drag mark of tail/body.

 

Lizard track. Copyright Kim A. Cabrera 2007.

Lizard trail in fine dust.

 

Fence lizard photo by Kim A. Cabrera. Copyright 2007. Do not use without permission.

A small western fence lizard sunning on a log.

 

Shasta alligator lizard. Photo  Kim A. Cabrera 2007

Shasta alligator lizard neonate

 

Shasta alligator lizard. Photo  Kim A. Cabrera 2007

Shasta alligator lizard neonate

 

Juvenile Skilton's skink, western skink subspecies. Photo copyright by Kim A. Cabrera 2007. Do not use without permission.

Skilton's Skink - a subspecies of the western skink. The juveniles have bright metallic blue tails. As they get older, the color fades. Tails detach easily and serve to distract predators while the lizard escapes. A detached tail will wiggle on its own, which can be enough to make a predator stop and take notice. Lizards can re-grow new tails.
 
Tiny fence lizard tracks in dust. Photo copyright by Kim A. Cabrera 2008.
Fence lizard tracks crossing dust.
 
Baby fence lizard tracks in dust. Photo copyright by Kim A. Cabrera 2008.
Very small fence lizard tracks found on a dusty dirt road in summer.
 

 

Lizard in the grass. Photo copyright by Kim A. Cabrera. 2007.

The lizard to the left was found in grass when I was mowing. I stopped the mower just in time to avoid the lizard. It let me catch it and take it far away from the area being mowed.
The lizard had ticks on it too. Ticks will often attach themselves to fence lizards.

Lizard with tick in neck. Photo copyright by Kim A. Cabrera. 2007.

 

Alligator lizard. Photo copyright by Kim A. Cabrera 2004.
An alligator lizard found on a hot late summer day.
 
Alligator lizard drinking water from leaf. Photo copyright by Kim A. Cabrera 2004.

I was watering the grass and got some water on the leaves on the ground. This thirsty alligator lizard went right over and started drinking from the water on the leaves!

 
Alligator lizard wth tick. Photo copyright by Kim A. Cabrera 2004.
It was a large alligator lizard and had ticks attached to it.
 
Alligator lizard lapping up water from a leaf. Photo copyright by Kim A. Cabrera 2004.
I got a small cup and added more water to the leaf in front of the lizard. Surprisingly, it stayed put and allowed me to approach closely enough to pour more water onto the leaf. It then lapped it right up!
 
Thirsty Alligator lizard. Photo copyright by Kim A. Cabrera 2004.
I kept on adding more water as the lizard drank. It drank and drank until it was full. Then it walked away!
 
Small lizard hunting tadpoles in a puddle. Photo copyright by Kim A. Cabrera 2008.
A small lizard found in a puddle of water in spring. This lizard was hunting tadpoles!
 
 
 
 

 

Personal Notes on Lizards

 

As a kid, I thought it was fun to catch the "blue-belly" lizards that frequented wood piles near my house. We found that, if you turned the lizard over and rubbed its belly, it would go to sleep. I don't know why that is, but it's pretty challenging to get a lizard to go to sleep in your hands.

 

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