Cute little guy, huh? This one was about 6"/15cm long, nose to tip of tail.
These are quite common in the desert. They breed throughout the year and can lay up to six clutches of eggs a year, with 2-6 eggs in each clutch. It's good that they're so prolific -- the desert has lots of critters that like to eat them!
Side-blotched lizards are rather colorful, but one has to get fairly close to see the colors. It, of course, is up to the individual lizard if you will get close enough to study him/her. But when you can, these reptiles seem to exhibit all the colors of the Southwest -- which happen to be my favorite set of colors.
And now I have some of the best photos I've been able to get of this species. Expect a painted portrait of this little friend sometime in the future.