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Carrizo Plain: Exploring 'the Serengeti of the West'

Lizard on some rocks in the Carrizo Plain

Photo: Jaymi Heimbuch

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Lounge lizard

Hot, dry areas like the Carrizo also means plenty of reptiles, from the common Western fence lizard to the endangered blunt-nosed leopard lizard. Wait until mid-morning when the rocks are heating up and you'll find more lizards than you can count.