The Gottlieb Native Garden

a california love story

The Gottlieb Native Garden is a flourishing ecosystem belonging to Susan and Dan Gottlieb, friends of flora and fauna and devoted environmental philanthropists. With more than 100 hand-selected plant species and hundreds of animal species, the backyard is a National Wildlife Federation-certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat and a Xerces Society-designated Pollinator Habitat.

Alligator Lizard

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.