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  he'd eat you alive if he were bigger
by richiecdisc
 
 

One thing about the desert is if you pay close attention, you'll see more wildlife than you might otherwise imagine to be there. The collared lizard was to become one of our favorite sitings in the southwestern US. This one in the Grand Canyon was the first of many. We spotted him on the hike from Phantom Ranch to Ribbon Falls. This muscular little lizard is most closely related to the Leopard Lizard and share a few key qualities such as being able to run on its powerful hind legs alone. They also do not grow back a tail and hence it does not detach easily. Their prowess is hunting and the feed on other lizards and small invertebrates. My guess is if they were bigger, they'd feed on us too.

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  • Written Jun 5, 2009
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