Coachella Valley fringe-toed lizard (Uma inornata)
depends on windblown sand dunes and hummocks. A specialized
sand dweller colored like the sand it lives on, this lizard
is threatened by ORVs, agriculture, urban sprawl, loss of
sand sources, exotic plant invasions, and utility projects.
Uma's fringed toes allow it to speed over and under the sand.
Every orifice of this lizard is protected to keep out sand
when the lizard is under the surface. This species typically
remains under the surface from November-February.