Large adult male Collared Lizard in Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. This is the state lizard of Oklahoma and they are also known as "Mountain Boomers". I have always wanted to see one of these, and by the end of the second day I had seen at least a dozen individuals. The "Dog Run Hollow" trail is an eight mile circuit that starts at French Lake, and it was on that trail where I saw this lizard. Crotaphytus collaris
Variegated Fritillary butterfly in Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. Photographed soon after sunrise. Beautiful golden light on everything. There were hundreds of butterflies along the trail. Fritillaries, Painted Ladies, Cabbage, Monarchs, Buckeyes, and Skippers were all in abundance.
This looks like a snake at first glance, but is actually a legless lizard. This was the first one of these I have seen and it was about 2' in length. One of the ways that you can tell these from snakes is that they have an external ear opening, and eyelids. This was also spotted n the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Area.
I've always wanted to see one of these lizards. I found him just a little further up the trail from the Diamondback in the previous post. This is the state lizard of Oklahoma and are also known as "Mountain Boomers". This is a male, the females are light brown.