Fringe-toed lizard (Uma scoparia) buried in sand

Fringe-toed lizard (Uma scoparia) buried in sand

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Caption: Fringe-toed lizard. View of a Mojave fringe-toed lizard (Uma scoparia) buried in sand. This iguanid lizard is adapted to live in loose sand in Mexico and the south-western USA. They bury themselves in the sand to protect themselves from the heat of the day, and to hide themselves from predators. The surface of the sand can reach over 80 degrees Celsius at the hottest part of the day, and can fall below -10 degrees Celsius at night. Beneath the surface, the temperature changes are much less severe. The lizard, as its name implies, has comb- like fringes on its toes, which help it bury itself quickly. It eats mainly insects. Photographed in the Cadiz Dunes, California, USA.

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