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Collared Lizard 002

A male Western Collared Lizard, Crotaphytus collaris, with its distinctive two black bands on its neck interrupted by a white band, suns itself on a small rock in the Sandia Mountains, east of ALbuquerque, New Mexico.  They are part of the Iguanidae family and a favorite prey is other small lizards as well as other invertebrates and they can run on two hind liegs, known as bipedal locomotion.  Their tail will not detach easily to be left behind as a diversion against predators and does not regenerate as in other lizard species.
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