Some of us have always had a fondness for lizards. We are the "Keepers Of Lizards" but this is one we have to tap out of.

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Just like some people want to pet all the kitties and all the dogs, some of us never grow out of that snake and lizards catching phase. Of course, unless you're willing to really educate yourself on the care and keeping of lizards, it's probably best to leave them alone and let them be on their way.

All of this brings us to the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard. It's a species that is now listed on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Endangered Species Act. Ordinarily when we hear something like this we tend to shrug it off, but this one is highly specific to Texas and New Mexico so getting the word out can make the difference. It can be hard to fathom, but sometimes saving one little lizard can save a whole ecosystem.

The habitat for this lizard is described as the "extreme southeast New Mexico and west Texas" areas (around the Permian Basin area). The lizards are becoming scarce due to climate issues, oil & gas drilling, and sand mining. There are already agreements in place to help keep the lizards around, but scooping them up and taking them home should be frowned upon as well.

The lizards look pretty much like...well, a lizard. The don't seem to be as distinctive as a Texas Horned Lizard. They are small, light brown, and handsome little devils. Have a look:

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