Texas Spiny Lizard

I was looking at my thermometer and it was reading 105.6. I did a quick check online and DFW Airport, which is only about 10 miles away, was only recording 100.2. I thought perhaps my outside sensor was having some kind of problem, so I went outside to check on it. It’s mounted on the north side of my house so it’s always in the shade. This is what greeted me, although it skittered about 10 feet before I could run inside to grab my phone and take a picture:

Texas Spiny Lizard

What’s interesting is that these lizards only started showing up last summer. They are indigenous to the area, but development pushed them out until last year. They’re skittish as hell and will run for cover if you get too close. I found the following video on YouTube to show you a little bit more about the species.

Needless to say, I haven’t caught one yet!