Reptiles and Amphibians of Surprise Canyon
Pacific tree frog (Hyla regilla)
Red-spotted toad (Bufo punctatus)
Desert banded gecko (Coleonyx variegatus variegatus)
Side-blotched lizard (Uta stansburiana)
Zebra-tailed lizard (Callisaurus draconoides)
Great Basin collared lizard (Crotaphytus bicinctores)
Desert horned lizard (Phrynosoma platyrhinos)
Great Basin fence lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis biseriatus)
Desert spiny lizard (Sceloporus magister)
Chuckwalla (Sauromalus obesus)
^A Chuckwalla hides in a rock crevice next to a Dudleya.
^This big male has a battle scar on his jaw, probably from a fight with another male.
^The big Chuck male defends his bouldery territory in Surprise Canyon.
Western whiptail (Cnemidophorus tigris)
Gilbert's skink (Eumeces gilberti rubricaudatus)
^An adult Gilbert's skink.
^Most juvenile skinks in Surprise Canyon have blue tails, although in other areas they have red tails.
^A fiesty adult bites hard! We took a photo and let him go.
^Baby skinks bite too.
Panamint alligator lizard (Elgaria panamintina)
^A juvenile Panamint alligator lizard climbing into cottonwood saplings.
Desert night lizard (Xantusia vigilis)
Common kingsnake (Lampropeltis getulus californiae)
Coachwhip (Masticophis flagellum)
^Head of a Coachwhip.
Speckled rattlesnake (Crotalus mitchellii)
Southwestern black-headed snake (Tantilla hobartsmithii)
Night snake (Hypsiglena torquata)
--the Roving Naturalist