Coachella Valley fringe-toed lizard
|Coachella Valley fringe-toed lizard|
The Coachella Valley fringe-toed lizard is restricted to habitats with fine, windblown sand deposits in the sandy plains of the Coachella Valley, Riverside County, California. Since the 1970s, estimates of this species' habitat has decreased by about 75% due to human activities.
The species is well adapted to its desert habitat. It has a wedged-shaped nose which enables it to burrow through loose, fine sand. Elongated scales cover the ears to keep out blowing sand, and specialized nostrils allow it to breathe below the sand without inhaling sand particles.
The Coachella Valley National Wildlife Refuge, for the Coachella Valley fringe-toed lizard, is contained within the Coachella Valley Preserve, and Indio Hills Palms State Reserve, located east of Palm Springs near Palm Desert, California, in the Colorado Desert region of the Sonoran Desert.
- Gimenez Dixon (1996). "Uma inornata". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2006. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 11 May 2006. Listed as Endangered (EN A1a, B1+2c v2.3)
- California Department of Fish and Game. Coachella Valley Fringe-toed Lizard
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Coachella Valley Fringe-toed Lizard
- Official Coachella Valley National Wildlife Refuge website
- Coachella Valley National Wildlife Refuge Map
- Official Coachella Valley Preserve website
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Coachella Valley Fringe-Toes Lizard Preserve
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