Coachella Valley Fringe-Toed Lizard

  • Endangered species in California
  • Restricted to habitats with fine, windblown sand deposits
  • Found in the Coachella Valley , Riverside County in California
  • Population has decreased 75% since 1970
  • Has wedge-shaped nose which enables it to borrow through lose, fine sand
  • Elongated scales cover the ears to keep out sand
  • Specialized nostrils allow it to breathe below the sand