Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
A Survey of the Herpetofauna of the Comanche National Grasslands in Southeastern
Photographs of selected habitat and species of amphibians and
reptiles observered during the 1995-1997 field seasons
|Lesser earless lizard (Holbrookia maculata maculata). This
is a young male, showing the typically brighter and more contrasting
pattern. Earless lizards are often very abundant and are an important
prey base for many other vertebrates, including massasauga rattlesnakes.
|Female earless lizard; note the red wash through the pattern, indicating
that this lizard is gravid. Earless lizards often utilize sand sage
and other shrubs as refugia from predation and heat.
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