Fence Lizard

Fence Lizard

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE between a lizard and a newt?  How about a half mile?  That was the distance separating them during my last wilderness hike.  This Fence Lizard was watching me from a split rail fence at the Monte Bello Open Space entrance, and a little later I came upon this colorful California Newt swimming in the nearby Stevens Creek. While similar in appearance, one is a land dwelling reptile with rough scales, four toes and healthy lungs, while the other is a water loving knobby-skinned amphibian with webbed toes and additional set of gills.

California Newt

California Newt

Of course, there are other differences between the two but every child knows the obvious -- lizards are quick while newts are slow movers.  So if you can catch it, it's a newt!

Peek a Boo! 

Peek a Boo! 

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AuthorRich Monroe