Coachella Valley Fringe-toed Lizard (Uma inornata)

…a species of fringe-toed lizard (Uma spp.) which is endemic to the state of California in the United States. Within California, 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. U. inornata is very well adapted for live in the desert, it is noted for possessing a wedge-shaped nose which allows it to burrow through sand. It also has elongated scales which cover its ears to keep out sand. 


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