Alligator lizards can be found in almost any habitat throughout much of California and being fairly large, they are frequently seen in yards and garages throughout our area. As with all of our lizards, they are beneficial to a garden’s well balanced ecosystem.
Recently, Alligator Lizard eggs have been hatching in the GNG. These hatchlings can easily be mistaken for skinks, as they are very thin and small with smooth shiny skin, making them look very different than their large, thick scaly parents. It’s hard to imagine this tiny lizard will someday be a such a fierce-looking predator.
Juvenile San Diego Alligator Lizard – Elgarian multicarinata webbi The photo on the left is an adult Alligator Lizard who recently lost some of its tail – the new segment can be seen growing back. On the right, the purple shading shows the range of the “San Diego” sub-species found in our area.