This is my three-thousandth post. Here’s a lizzard.
Male plateau fence lizard (Sceloporus tristichus). On the Fat Man’s Loop trail on Mount Elden, in Flagstaff, Arizona.
For those that have followed Fatchance up to this milestone, especially those that joined up back in olden times, Thank you! My first post was in June 2008, which means Fatchance recently passed its six-year mark as well. For some reason the tumblr folks failed to send me a congratulatory cupcake. When I made my first post there were only about 100,000 tumblr users worldwide, and I was one of the oldest people using the platform. I’ve not grown any younger, but the tumblr demographic seems to have done so. I’m not nostalgic for the good old days (of just six years ago!), before the youngsters began migrating from MySpace. They are most welcome, as long as they behave themselves. I do miss those early days though, when there were no business or commercial tumblrs cluttering my dashboard with their sordid corporate spiels. I do love to hate a good ad.
Onward! to Post No. 3,001!
Little female frog, at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona.
Based solely on geographical distribution, I think this is either a native lowland leopard frog (Lithobates yavapaiensis), or an introduced Rio Grande leopard (L. berlandieri). The Rio Grand species has penetrated most of southwestern Arizona, following the paths of irrigation canals, and is now common wherever there is a reliable body of water. Definitive identification would have required actually capturing this frog and examining its nether regions, which I was unwilling to do, so we will all have to live with the uncertainty.
Route 66 Neon: Galaxy Diner, Flagstaff, Arizona.