It's a juvenile Southern Alligator Lizard that managed to get into my house after leaving the door open a little.
Wandered across the trail.
Lizard was rescued from a cat; placed the lizard near the back wall. Temperature was 28 degrees Celsius, wind ENE at 5 m/s, and humidity at 8%.
While doing some gardening in the evening, I startled this young Southern Alligator Lizard, who jumped out from the nearby weeds, and who I managed to corral into a small white bucket to take a few photos. Once it calmed down, I released it back into the area where I had originally caught it. I'd estimate the snout-vent length at 6 - 8 cm, and a total length near 20 cm.
It was still cool so it wasn't moving much making for an easy picture.
I am pretty sure it is a southern species, though we have both northern and southern here.
7:30am found dead on the sidewalk.
Looks like it was in the process of shedding a patch of tail?
Aprox. 14 in., found under brush in coastal dune habitat
Approximately 30 cm total length, tail easily twice the body length, with transverse bands of dark brown, olive, and light gray scales across dorsum, fading near tip of tail. It was sunning on a wood pile when I disturbed it. It's movement was sinusoidal and snake-like.
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.