Learn your lizards at Boyce Thompson Arboretum’s guided walks

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August 31st, 2009

Have you ever wondered why lizards do those comical “pushups,” or do you need help identifying the species that may be living in your backyard? From large desert spiny lizards to beautifully colored collared lizards, Arizona is home to nearly 50 species of lizards. The public is invited to attend the family-friendly “Learn Your Lizards” guided walks at Boyce Thompson Arboretum to learn more about these fascinating desert reptiles.

The final lizard walks of 2009 will be offered at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 6 and Saturday, Sept. 12. Tours will feature presentations by reptile researcher and biologist, Abi King, from the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars for the best close-up looks at lizards and cameras to capture the half-dozen lizard species that are commonly seen around the trails and gardens of the Arboretum.

For more information on the lizard walks, visit www.ag.arizona.edu/bta. A preview of the tour is also available at www.youtube.com.

The lizard walk and other weekend nature tours are included in the Arboretum’s daily admission of $7.50 for adults and $3 for children age 5-12. The Arboretum is located off of Highway 60 at milepost #223, approximately one hour east of Phoenix.

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