Looks like some kid lost his toy while out hiking. Whoa. Not a toy. It moved fast across my path.
This variety of collared lizard sure doesn't blend into the brown colors of his environment. Quite noticeable. Colorful right down to his yellow claws and reddish nose. Probably makes him very attractive to the female lizard.
Colorful or collared. No matter. It was a great find on today's hike.