Lizard Growing New Tail

This Prairie Lizard looks like it is growing a new tail. If you look closely, you can see where the new section is. Everything about this Lizard seems different. It is a darker color. It looks to have dirt on the tip of its nose and mouth. It is larger than most in my area.

I see this Lizard often and had to move it once because it was in the grass I was mowing. It was easy to catch and didn’t struggle at all. It always has the dirt looking spot on its nose.

Prairie lizards are a species of lizards that are known for their ability to detach their tails as a defense mechanism. This is known as “autotomy.” The detached tail continues to wriggle, distracting predators and allowing the lizard to escape. The lizard then grows a new tail, a process called “tail regeneration.” Tail regeneration in prairie lizards typically occurs within a few weeks to a few months and the new tail is usually not as long or as strong as the original tail. This process is a natural survival mechanism and is common in many species of lizards.

Lizard Growing Tail
Lizard Growing Tail

I was hand-holding my camera and lens. The Lizard was on the steps going into my garden shed.


• Location: Near the Ouachita National Forest (Arkansas)
• Date Taken: May 10, 2020
• Aperture: f8.0
• Shutter speed: 1/1900 sec.
• ISO: 800
• Exposure Bias: 0 EV
• Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
• Focal Length: 400 mm
• Lens: Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS II USM (attached with a Fringer EF-FX Pro)
• Camera: Fujifilm X-T3

More Lizards I Have Photographed

  1. Relaxed Prairie Lizard
  2. Prairie Lizard Peeking From Behind Board
  3. Prairie Lizard From Above
  4. Prairie Lizard And Spider