(Elgaria Multicarinatus)

Alligator Lizard

alligator lizard

Find this lizard from Washington to Baja California; occurs in most non-desert habitats, including cismontane shrublands, grasslands, oak woodland, lower montane forest; prefers areas with access to shade, water.

A short legged, heavy bodied lizard with a large triangular head; S/V length to 7 in.; tail prehensile, very long when intact; longitudinal skin folds on sides which enclose granular scales; dorsal and ventral scales squarish; back brown to reddish, checkered with black and white. Egg-laying (northern alligator lizard gives live birth).


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