Lizards, Insects and Birds of Anza-Borrego State Park and Joshua Tree National Park

By Steve Kuo, April 21 2008

There was lots of wildlife in the desert. With a little patience, you could get somewhat close to the lizards. We would have liked a snake sighting (as long as it wasn't too close), but no snakes made themselves visible to us. The roadrunner is supposedly hard to spot. Well on the last day while driving through one of Joshua Tree's campgrounds, we spotted one. I guess there's plenty of food in the campgrounds.

In case anyone is wondering, all photos were taken with my Nikon D80, 18-200mm VR lens, Lowepro Nova Mini AW camera bag, and post processed with DxO Optics Pro. Most of these pictures were cropped as 200mm is not enough reach.

Please email me if you can help identify any of these cute animals

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Desert Iguana
Desert Iguana
Hawk Canyon, Anza-Borrego State Park


Desert Iguana
Desert Iguana
Hawk Canyon, Anza-Borrego State Park



Side-Blotched Lizard?
Cactus Garden (near Harper Canyon), Anza-Borrego State Park


Common Chuckwalla
Common Chuckwalla
Trail to Wind Caves, Anza-Borrego State Park


Banded Rock Lizard
Banded Rock Lizard
Pictographs (Blair Valley), Anza-Borrego State Park


Banded Rock Lizard
Banded Rock Lizard
Pictographs (Blair Valley), Anza-Borrego State Park


Banded Rock Lizard
Banded Rock Lizard
Pictographs (Blair Valley), Anza-Borrego State Park


Western Whiptail
Western Whiptail
Split Rock, Joshua Tree National Park



Side-Blotched Lizard?
Lost Horse Mine Trail, Joshua Tree National Park


Side-Blotched Lizard
Side-Blotched Lizard
Lost Horse Mine Trail, Joshua Tree National Park


Desert Iguana with cute girl, mural by Chuck Caplinger
Desert Iguana with cute girl, mural by Chuck Caplinger
Twentynine Palms


Desert Spiny Lizard
Desert Spiny Lizard
Hi View Loop Trail, Joshua Tree National Park



Desert Blister Beetle
Desert Blister Beetle
Hawk Canyon, Anza-Borrego State Park



Meloid Beetle (Phodaga Alticeps)
Meloid Beetle (Phodaga Alticeps)
Hawk Canyon, Anza-Borrego State Park


Gambles Quail
Gambles Quail
Hi View Loop Trail, Joshua Tree National Park


Cactus Wren
Cactus Wren
Split Mountain Wash, Anza-Borrego State Park


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