This magnificent fellow rules my back yard. I have named him Rocky and he is HUGE. He struts, climbs, and does push ups. He's a great example of Arizona's Desert Spiny Lizard. I learned that typical behavior for these lizards is to remain pretty inactive. Rocky is just the opposite. There is hardly a time that I go into my back yard that I don't spot him on patrol. He is a great ruler of my garden!
I'm a transplanted New Yorker who loves the Tucson climate. On New Year's Day I have a bit of fun calling my (snowbound) east coast friends to announce that I'm drinking coffee while sitting on my patio. (: