When I woke up that day little did I know what treat I was in for. The hike started off like any other, so great. However it soon went from great to magnificent. With each passing moment the sky came together more and more to create a masterpiece of a moment. The hike became irrelevant at that very second. My mind was now focused on the gift of a beautiful morning. A gift provided by a glorious creator.
While on early morning hike in the Pinal County area I stumbled across this beauty, the Sonoran Collard lizard! The Sonoran Collared lizard is an inhabitant of Sonoran Desert mountain ranges, including mountain-top semi-desert grasslands. These lizards prefer spending most of their time on and around rocky areas. These areas provide shelter from the sun and predators. Not only do they eat insects such as grasshoppers and crickets, but they also eat other lizards, including their own. An interesting fact about collared lizards is that they are one of the fastest lizards there is, and are able to run on their hind legs! Yes, you read that correctly. Here’s a link to a short video showcasing their amazing talent. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmNczmBvOUU