Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)

Origin: Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico

Sighted at: Turkey Creek Trail, Austin, TX

This weekend, I went on a bird walk with the Audubon group through one of my favorite nature trails – Turkey Creek Trail! We heard tons of birds, including the endangered golden-cheeked warbler, but alas, we didn’t manage to SEE very many birds in the dense treetops. I did spot this big ol’ lizard, though, in spite of its well-camouflaged scales!