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Common Sagebrush Lizard

Common sagebrush lizards can drop their tails to escape predators. The tail can regenerate like the prairie lizard, but it is usually shorter and a slightly different color than the original tail.

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Gopher Tortoise

Gopher tortoises create their own burrows which are 3-52 ft/1-16 m long and 9-23 ft/3-7 m deep. More than 350 different kinds of animals are known to share burrows with gopher tortoises from lizards and toads to insects. Some including the six-lined racerunner, gopher frog, gopher mouse, and cave cricket are dependent upon the gopher tortoise burrows.

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Round-leaf four o’clock

The flowers of this four o’clock open before dawn and remain open until mid-morning, just a few hours.

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Plains Ragweed

Plains ragweed is found in moist areas around playas, which are temporary depressional wetlands filled by local rainwater. In years with prevalent spring rainfall, many playas fill with water, and this species is abundant.

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Bell’s twinpod

Fruits of Bell’s twinpod, are found in pairs giving the plant its name.

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Spalding’s Catchfly

Spalding’s catchfly gets its name from abundant, dense sticky hairs on the stems and leaves that frequently trap dust and insects.

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Great Plains White Fringed Orchid

The Great Plains white fringed orchid flowers produce a fragrant scent from the evening and into the night to attract pollinators. The species is pollinated exclusively by sphinx moths or hawk moths, whose proboscis length matches the length of the nectar spur of the orchid flower.

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Colorado Green Gentian

Colorado green gentian is a rather ordinary or drab looking plant compared to most gentians that are often showy with bright purple or blue flowers.

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Florida Mouse

While the Florida mouse commonly occupies the same burrows as its predators, including snakes, it avoids predation by digging a different entrance and creating side tunnels.

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Inland Cutthroat Trout

Cutthroat trout inhabit clear, cold streams, rivers, and lakes with low fine sediment levels, well vegetated streambanks, and lots of instream cover.

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