SAVING THE Coachella Valley fringe-toed lizard
The head of the Coachella Valley fringe-toed lizard is perfectly shaped for diving head first into soft, windblown sands. If a predator threatens or surface temperatures become too great, the lizard heads underground and shimmies beneath the sand a few centimeters before coming to rest out of sight. But urban sprawl, agriculture, and off-road vehicle use are taking a toll on the fringe-toed lizard’s habitat, leaving it with less and less protective cover.
And in 2007, the Center and Sierra Club filed a suit challenging a controversial annexation project threatening to bring more residential sprawl to Riverside County; the annexation would allow construction of a luxury resort on recognized conservation lands near Joshua Tree National Park.
Contact: Ileene Anderson
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