Im posting this for January's House of Herps a little early since I'll be out of the country and probably won't have much internet access. These photos are from last August in the Arizona Strip/Vermilion Cliffs area. Zac and I were there for a couple weeks doing field work. This day we were out playing in canyons without ropes (not advised) and were on our way back for the day when I saw this Common Collared Lizard. Assuming it would dash away within seconds, I took some far away shots while slowly creeping closer.
Amazingly, she stayed there, letting me get right up next to her. I wish I had the macro with me at the time, but I'm not about to complain about these photos. I just couldn't believe I was able to get so close. I took my hat off at one point and she made a little perch out of it! My guess is she had never seen people before - we were pretty much out in the boonies (just the way I like it!) and I guess just didn't care. Never seen such a nonchalant lizard, it was great! Perhaps she was just as curious about us as we were about her.
She just continued posing for photo after photo. I love the ones with the Vermilion Cliffs in the background. I think she wanted me to make her a star, ha! I love also that she let me take a photo with her!? I'm pretty sure we could have just set up camp right there and she would have stayed and had dinner with us or something. Such a fun few minutes with a wild collared lizard!