So cool! This alligator lizard has been hanging out around my porch/in the planter area in my front yard. Today I was able to get a full body shot and much more! While I was photographing some insects I happened to look over and noticed the lizard's face poking out from behind the sheet. Mostly as a joke I grabbed one of the beetles from the sheet and slowly brought it up to the lizard. Much to my surprise, it ate it right out of my hand! I repeated the process a few times before it turned and ran the other direction.
I'm guessing it's 16 inches long. A very large lizard.
She was in the sage. Her tail is short and about 1 inch has grown back. She is wide too, gravid? This is close to the block wall and wooden fence where couples were found last year and this year. Photo with whole body shown for size reference to height of block of wall.
Near tomato plant where bamboo was eradicated a few years ago, a lizard that has not lost her tail and she is longer than the distance of 4 diamonds of the fence. She is very wide and moved slowly in the comfortably warm weather. Gravid? She is about 50 ft west of the anise hyssop under which a couple was found weeks ago.
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.