Southern Alligator Lizard – San Diego, CA   15 comments


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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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  1. I love this pic! I used to play with these lizards as a kid. I used to grab them behind their front legs (Gently!). I always let them go where I found them though. Turn them over and rub their bellies and they are gentle as lambs.

  2. although I hate lizards but I like this one.

  3. Great photo. I enjoy your witty commentary. Good thing to have with my morning coffee….a big laugh or a great chuckle :D

    Thanks for the “like” on one of my posts.

    Leslie

  4. Great shot!

  5. Wow – your pics are fantastic! And BTW – I’ve been to San Diego once & it is absolutely beautiful. Such a wide variety of scenery & wildlife. I didn’t want to leave…

  6. I am not a fan but he makes a great piccie, most snakes and lizzars take a while to warm up so I think early in the day is when they pose the best. I prefer my birds. Nice shot though.

  7. Thank goodness for the legs…it makes him a cute little fella. I couldn’t say the same if he was a snake!

  8. wonderful capture! I tend to miss the itty bitties when I’m out with my camera!

  9. This dude will have little to fear from me; I will not pick him up! I guess that I have to open my eyes the next time; I didn’t see any when I was in SD.

  10. Been a long time since I’ve seen one of these. They are in central California, too. And . . . they bite hard!

  11. Beautiful little guy – so unfamiliar to me in the PNW.

  12. Wow, I love your description of this little guy! He is so cute! And he did a great pose I might add!

  13. Reblogged this on Pongola Online.

  14. I like thinking of him peacefully asleep. You keep reminding me how incredible nature is.

    Susannah

  15. Love it…. one of my most favourite creatures are lizards…. Great shot…! and Great write-up too ;)

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