(Same individual observed by Mike W.)
crossing pedestrian path
"Found April 15, 2015. 8 inches long!" - Heather Haaga
Observation and photos by Heather Haaga, sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
It was dead, and its tail was cut off.
There was a thick and misty overcast in the morning, and while I had been relaying bundles of dead grass from a large mound and into my yard waste can, I caught sight of a small tail slithering its way into the deeper layers of the grass mound. I grabbed a couple of empty dog treat containers (measure 17x9.5 cm at the base) to catch them for photos, and when I pulled another layer of grass back, I was surprised to find two Southern Alligator Lizards (a male (with a complete tail) and female (with a regenerating tail)), with the male firmly gripping the female by the back of her head and trying to drag her deeper into cover. I had attempted to corral them both into the container in hopes that I could photograph them in the act, but the male released her when I finally corralled him into a container, and I caught her a few seconds later.
They were eventually released near where I found them.
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.