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The MFTL diet is omnivorous, consisting mainly of invertebrates such as ants, beetles, and grasshoppers, but also some plants, and occasionally lizard hatchlings. They are active during the day, primarily between degrees Fahrenheit, taking cover in small burrows to avoid extreme temperatures during the summer, but hibernate during winter November — February.


The MFTLs are highly dependent on desert vegetation for shade to regulate body temperature and as protective concealment from predators. Some wildlife thrive amid the tracks left behind by human disturbance.

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Unfortunately, the opposite is true for the MFTL. The Mojave Desert is becoming one of the fastest developing areas of the country. Unsustainable use of sand dune complexes destroys habitat by trampling above-ground vegetation and destroying shallow root systems.

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This destruction of vegetation is followed by a decline in insects, reducing MFTL food sources. Sand compaction, introduction of invasive species, danger from being run over, and man-made alterations that interrupt sand movement are also major conservation concerns for this species. Population declines have been noted across the MFTL range and they are no longer found in some areas.

Annual surveys evaluate the distribution of the MFTL within Fort Irwin boundaries, estimate population density, and make recommendations for management actions in the training area.

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While in the training area, stay on established trails when travelling through regions with fine-grain sand to help Fort Irwin conserve this beautiful lizard. Waiting for the agency to conduct a one-year status review of the species in , we submitted public comments in support of the Mojave fringe-toed lizard being granted full protection.

Mojave Fringe-toed Lizard

Finally, in , we reached a landmark agreement with the Service compelling it to move forward on protections for this species — and others. Under our settlement, a listing proposal for the lizard is due in The Mojave fringe-toed lizard has a countersunk lower jaw, overlapping eyelids, earflaps and valve-like nostrils, all to keep sand out.

The underside of the tail is marked with black crossbars.

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  • There are dark, crescent-shaped lines on the throat. This lizard has numerous adaptations for life on fine sand including a fringe of enlarged pointed scales on each hind toe to increase traction, a chisel-shaped snout for burrowing, a countersunk lower jaw, interlocking eyelids, flaps over the ear openings, and valves in the nasal passages to keep sand out of the body. The scales are very small and granular. The crescent-shaped lines on the throat of this lizard, its lack of orange bars on the belly, and its lack of dark lines on the shoulders distinguish it from the similar looking Yuman Fringe-toed Lizard.

    It is known from the the vicinity of Parker and areas to the south and southeast.

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    In our state it occurs at elevations ranging from about ' to 2,'. HABITAT: This sand specialist occupies open dune fields and shrub invaded sand hummocks with at least sporadic, open patches of fine, wind-blown sand.

    Often encountered basking on the warm sand in the mid-morning sun.