When I reviewed my photos at home, I knew I had to get some reference guides. I searched the library databases and put out hold requests for all the guides I could find. They came from all over Michigan. One book from CMU was placed in the library in 2002 and I am the first person to check it out of the library. However, the guides were not comprehensive enough, so I found 2 websites where people were willing to help me with the ID.
These were the books and websites that I found:
Lizards of the American Southwest
National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Reptiles and Amphibians
Handbook of Lizards: Lizards of the United States and of Canada
Amphibians and Reptiles of Texas
Austin Reptile Service
Ribbit Photography and Wild Herps
Why lizards? Whatever is in my camera view finder, is a "clicking" moment. There are over 100 different species of lizards in North America, plus many sub-species. Texas has quite a number of lizards or their sub-species. Now I have captured 9 different species and sub-species in images.
See the clicks below.
Green Anole - Anolis carolinensis
Texas Horned Lizard - Phrynosoma cornutum
Greater Earless Lizard - Cophosaurus texanus
Texas Greater Earless Lizard (sub-species) - Cophosaurus texanus texanus
Texas Spiny Lizard - Sceloporus olivaceus
Texas Rose-bellied Lizard (sub-species) - Sceloporus variabilis marmoratus
Southwestern Fence Lizard - Sceloporus cowlesi
Big Bend Tree Lizard - Urosaurus ornatus schmidti
Common Spotted Whiptail - Aspidoscelis gularis