Coachella Valley Fringe-toed Lizard


Scientific name : Uma inornata

Family : Phrynosomatidae

Native to : California

Interesting fact : Their nostrils help them breathe under sand without inhaling any sand particles.

Conservation status : Endangered

With unique features like serrated eyelids, long scales near the ears to avoid sand, specialized nostrils and toes fringed with scales for swimming in the sand, its body is designed for a sandy lifestyle of the desert. The body is covered with smooth scales. They bury themselves in the sand to avoid predators and the heat.

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