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Reptile Highlights of Southern California

As a child I had always been fascinated by the BBC’s The Natural World”. One of my particular favourites was an episode about the Grand Canyon, and I had been dying to visit California ever since. So I was chuffed when California was announced as the destination for the London NERC DTP field trip in 2015. Most of the episode, as far as I remember (I was about 5 at the time), focussed on the unique reptiles of the region. Before we flew out, I did some research and found that two of the species featured – the common chuckwalla (Sauromalus ater) and the desert horned lizard (or horny toad, a great but somewhat misleading name; Phrynosoma platyrhinos) were present across a number of the sites we would be visiting.

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