This juvenile spiny lizard is becoming a best buddy of mine. He’s about five years old. He’s spent his entire life in the garden, so he’s known us since he was a little hatchling.
Most mornings, when I stretch the hose so it will reach the farthest corners, he jogs in front of my steps. Then he stops and looks back at me over his shoulder. While I’m watering, he’s nearby, on the desert willow or an upended pot.
I love having friends of different species, especially when they’re garden friends that I see nearly every day!