I saw this mercurial creature on my hike two days ago in Staunton River State Park. It took me persistence and moving at a slow pace, but I was able to get some photos eventually. See if you can figure it out, but I warn you, this is not an easy one at all!
You humans say my blood runs cold
I say that statement's rather bold!
I just follow natural rule:
My red blood might be warm or cool
My skin is coated in small scales
From tip of snout to end of tail
With my four legs I move quite well;
Unlike a turtle, I have no shell.
I move around as I do please
I climb up trees with complete ease
I'm half a foot or more in size,
On full alert to stay demise
Because I could be tasty meal
For many creatures - that's for real!
Light brownish color is my base
What, puzzled look upon your face?
I've wavy bands across my back
Of lighter color and of black
The bands turn orangish near my tail
Are you now close? Will you prevail?
This one is tough, in your defence
Take your guess now, I'll end suspense!
now have enough
clues to at least
get the kind of
animal, if not
the exact species.
If you guessed northern fence lizard
I think you're probably a wizard!
There are relatively few kinds of lizards in Virginia, and this must be the biggest. They are expert climbers, and like a squirrel, will continually move to the other side of the tree as you try to get a good look. But eventually, this one - a female based on the coloration - settled down and I was able to get some photos of her. It was pretty neat!
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