Hot Feet

This lizard appears to be trying to keep his body away from this rock, and for good reason. It was a very hot day in Colorado National Monument. I can only imagine how much this stone was sizzling. I find all forms of life to be fascinating. It is interesting to me to see this…

Sticking Your Neck Out

I found this rather alert tortoise at the Denver Aquarium. If anyone knows what kind it is please let me know as I did extensive research and couldn’t come up with a definitive answer. I guess I need to plan another trip to the aquarium to find out. As aquariums go the Denver one in…

Cliff Dweller

This iguana might be the most social creature my wife and I have ever come across in our travels. We were exploring the Castillo de San Cristobal in Puerto Rico when we came across several iguanas milling around the fort. All the other lizards kept their distance from us when we tried to approach them, but…

Collared Colorado

I found this colorful Collared Lizard while hiking in Colorado National Monument. I’ve spotted this species a few times and they always seem as interested in me as I am in them.  When approached, most other species of lizards will scurry away quickly, but this lizard stands his ground almost daring me to encroach on his territory. They are one…

Yellowstone Garter

This is a relatively common and harmless Garter snake. However, when you are sitting on a log and eating lunch, after having hiked for the entire morning, this isn’t what you want to find sitting next to you, which is what happened to me while on a day-hike to Osprey Falls in Yellowstone National Park. Although…

Toad Stone

I found this little guy on the old abandoned road to Lone Star Geyser in Yellowstone National Park. This image was shot using a fairly wide-angle lens. How close this looks is how close I actually was. The toad didn’t seem too concerned with my being up in his face. I wasn’t totally sure he was…

Short-horned Lizard

This short-horned lizard is a tiny, little reptile. He is a youngster, yet to fully develop the trademark horns that give his species their name. Compare him to the blade of grass that is casting a shadow on his scaly face and you start to really realize how small he is. I just lucked out…