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Northern Alligator Lizard - Los Angeles, California Having failed to find any native local freshwater diversity in the streams around Los Angeles (mosquitofish were pretty common sadly), I decided to start paying a bit more attention to what was moving about on land, and came up with this big fella! It was a chilly morning, and this lizard hadn't warmed up yet so he was extremely docile and easy to handle. He had a go at me after he warmed up a bit, but that just told me he was tired of the photo session and I promptly released him back to his log he called home before I mozzied along.  Elgaria coerulea,Geotagged,Northern alligator lizard,Spring,United States Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Northern Alligator Lizard - Los Angeles, California

Having failed to find any native local freshwater diversity in the streams around Los Angeles (mosquitofish were pretty common sadly), I decided to start paying a bit more attention to what was moving about on land, and came up with this big fella! It was a chilly morning, and this lizard hadn't warmed up yet so he was extremely docile and easy to handle. He had a go at me after he warmed up a bit, but that just told me he was tired of the photo session and I promptly released him back to his log he called home before I mozzied along.

    comments (2)

  1. I was going to make the witty comment "what are you doing on land, Zach?", but then I saw you beat me to it :) Posted 7 months ago
  2. Too bad you didn't have any luck in the streams, but this is a great find! Posted 7 months ago

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The northern alligator lizard is a medium-sized lizard that occurs on the North American west coast.

Similar species: Scaled Reptiles
Species identified by Zach Alley
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By Zach Alley

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Uploaded Apr 18, 2019. Captured Apr 16, 2019 13:21 in 7930 Wentworth St, Sunland-Tujunga, CA 91040, USA.
  • SM-G950U
  • f/1.7
  • 1/189s
  • ISO50
  • 4.25mm