Spring Brings

Mystery Lizard

We’re having a very dry spring here in our corner of New Mexico, but our little pond (128 gallons empty) is nonetheless home to a ridiculously large crop of tadpoles.

We also seem to have a new—to us, that is—type of lizard which has taken up residence in our yard.  It’s not either our two usual types: the blue whiptail and the fence lizard.  It’s featured in the picture above and I would love if anyone can help us out with figuring out the type.  It seems to have settled in on the west side of our yard, and even chosen a favorite basking rock.

Winds have been high, and temperatures all over the place, so other than a bit of transplanting, we haven’t yet put the garden in.  However, we’re getting ready.  I’ve started some tomatoes from seed.  We’re going to try two new, to us, varieties this year, both of which we acquired from Native Seed Search, and which are supposed to handle high temperatures well.

Now that the excitement (and considerable extra work) related to the releases of Library of the Sapphire Wind and Aurora Borealis Bridge only two months apart is ebbing, I’m segueing into more writing. 

Whenever I need to think, I wander outside, weed a little here, water a little there.  It’s definitely nice to have a chance to spend more time outside. Be well


5 Responses to “Spring Brings”

  1. Susan Stubbs Says:

    Hi, and good morning to you this 4th day of May,

    What I have been doing is looking at lots and lots of lizards with my early morning coffee, with my kitty William at my side, you just never know how a day will start, I found something that is close, link included, you have sent your readers on a treasure hunt.

    Wildlife Around Las Vegas, Common Side-blotched Lizard (Uta stansburiana) https://www.birdandhike.com/Wildlife/Lizard/Uta_sta/_Uta_sta.htm

    Good luck with your identification.

    I enjoy all your picture that post, especially ones of your kitties.

    Enjoy your day, Susan

    PS – Here is another great lizard site, one that didn’t have your lizard or at least not that I could see.

    The 42 Lizards Found in New Mexico! (ID Guide) – Bird Watching HQ https://birdwatchinghq.com/lizards-in-new-mexico/

  2. John C Says:

    I think you may have found a “Common side-blotched lizard” or “Uta stansburiana.” There should be a dark splotch behind the front leg, although I’m told this is less prominent in females. I love the turquoise spots!

    Thank you for the extra work you put into the Over Where books. I read the first while on vacation in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, and my pleasure in spending time with Meg, Peg, and Teg overtook even the natural beauty of the region to be the highlight of the trip.

    • janelindskold Says:

      I’m so very glad you enjoyed the books. I had a grand time writing them, and I’m very fond of the entire cast. And thanks for the lizard ID. I think you’re right.

  3. @JayDzed Says:

    That lizard looks like it takes basking Very Seriously.

    “Baaaaaaaask, baaaaaaask…” it looks to be thinking.

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