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San Diego Alligator Lizard (juvenile)

Elgaria multicarinata webbii


This juvenile has a copper back instead of the dark barring that's found in the adults. The eyes are yellow and the tail is quite long, nearly twice the body length.


This juvenile was hiding under a bucket during the very hot day. They can be found in "grassland, open forest, chaparral. Common in foothill oak woodlands. Commonly found hiding under rocks, logs, boards, trash, other surface cover. The subspecies Elgaria multicarinata webbii ranges from the border in San Diego County, north, primarily west of the transverse mountain ranges, to an intergrade range in Ventura County, and north along the Tehachapi mountains and the Sierra foothills to roughly Sacramento County. Also ranges north on the east side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains through the Owens valley where it is found in some isolated populations at Grant Lake, the Alabama Hills near Independence, Walker pass, and Walker Creek near Olancha. Also found in the Mojave Desert along the Mojave River, and on Santa Catalina and San Nicolas Islands." - California Herps


Adult can be seen at my other spotting: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/101...

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California, USA

Lat: 33.00, Long: -116.91

Spotted on Aug 15, 2016
Submitted on Aug 18, 2016

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