Even during the hottest parts of the day little four-legged creatures dash about in the Sonoran Desert. They are lizards out hunting for bugs or plants to eat.
Right now, there is a whole new crop of hatchlings dashing about. Lizards are “cold-blooded” reptiles, closely related to snakes, and move very fast, especially when it’s hot. “Cold-blooded” means their body temperature changes with the outside temperature. They hibernate in winter, lay eggs to reproduce, and are everywhere. Most lizards’ tails break off very easily and twitch to distract predators, so don’t try to catch them. They grow new tails that are never as nice. Here are some of the ones most likely to be found in Southern Arizona.