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California Waters: the Deserts

03 Dec
California Waters: the Deserts

In the second leg of our survey of the endangered herp species of California, we enter the unique atmosphere of the open desert, and experience the effects that development and climate changes have had on its herps.

 

 

Read about and see numerous pictures of our efforts via the following link:

California Waters: the Deserts

Flat-tailed horned lizard Phrynosoma mcallii as found on road. Possible hybrid with Desert Horned Lizard Phrynosoma platyrhinos

The Flat-tailed Horned Lizard, Phrynosoma mcallii, is unusual among horned lizards in that it uses both cryptic camouflage and deceptive speed to avoid predators. However, the changes that development brings have given predators a surprising new advantage in hunting down the lizards, and thus their populations are in danger across much of their range. Find out why here.

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2018 in Herping adventures

 

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