Natural History

Fringe-Toed Lizard

posted: 06/03/13
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Fringe-Toed Lizard | Photo Caption: Excerpted from North America: A World in One Continent by Huw Cordey

The sandy wilderness of the Gran Desierto is a hard place to call home for any creature, but the fringe-toed has what it takes to survive the baking sun, fierce winds, and endless sand. It can fly over the dune crests, thanks to fringe-like scales on its toes that keep it from sinking into the sand. It also flaps over its ear openings, eyelids with interlocking scales, nostrils that can be closed and an upper jaw that overlaps the lower, all perfectly adapted to keep the sane out.

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