This one patrols the front garden for beetles and bugs. Last summer's drought reduced our insect population and he responded by extending his range to the front porch where the potted plants made shopping easier and he could get water from saucers.
He's so fast we're not always sure we see him, maybe that leaf-rustle was just the wind? Was that stick on the tree really a Texas Spiny Lizard?
A couple of months from now he'll retreat to a burrow under one of the rock walls and sleep until spring.
He's not the only Texas Spiny Lizard in the front garden. We've seen a grand old man about eleven inches, much larger than this guy's eight. And some little ones, three or four inches, so he must have a girlfriend too.
Unless he is the girlfriend.