Southern Alligator Lizard – San Diego, CA
Southern Alligator Lizards are one of my most favorite lizards to find in California. They have huge heads and small legs so they almost look like a snake, but like I said they have legs. This species of lizard is able to drop its tail if you grab it. You think you have him, then BAM! A puff of smoke and a wiggling tail is all you have left in your hands. That is the good scenario. Please don’t do this because a lizard stores a lot of fat in their tail and there isn’t a little lizard grocery store where they can go to restock. The bad scenario is you have an 8 inch lizard hanging off your hand like a miniature pit bull. However, if you give them their space they will leave you alone and pose for pictures quite nicely. I photographed this one early in the morning when it was nice and cool. They tend to be half asleep in the low temperatures and hang out for a while.
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