Observation and photo by @mrjayfb via Instagram #natureinLA
Small adult. At forest margin, among pieces of rotting log.
Eastern foothills of the Coast Range. West of Portland, OR.
Amelanistic southern alligator lizard at Caltech house, Pasadena.
San Diego alligator lizard, at home in Altadena.
Anguidae is a large and diverse family of lizards native to the northern hemisphere. The group includes the slowworms, glass lizards, and alligator lizards, among others. Anguidae is divided into three subfamilies and contains 94 species in eight genera. They have hard osteoderms beneath their scales, and many of the species have reduced or absent limbs, giving them a snake-like appearance, although others are fully limbed.