I see these guys pretty regularly in my garden, including the bright orange-backed juveniles.
"This seems to be a significant sighting. I wonder if this little beauty wandered out of Griffith Park and settled into a urinal in the basement of the LACC Chemistry building. Luckily school is on break and the urinal was bone dry. Rescued and currently living in Mount Washington terrarium." - Daniel Marlos
Observation and photo by Daniel Marlos.
"The lizard was huge. ( Possibly it was 12 inches long)" - Ken Yanagida
Observation and photo by Ken Yanagida, sent to email@example.com.
This one is medium sized, smaller than the one that was hiding between the retaining wall blocks for about a week and a half (and moved on). Sadly this one looks like it lost most of its tail. Was near garden sage plant just about 6 feet East of the oregano where the tiny lizards found in the house, were released today. Sorry photo is so blurry, he was understandably very skittish unlike the others, and ran away before I could get any more photos. He's probably 2 to 3 times as big as the one found on gray cinderblock wall a few days ago (head/neck size).
Found another one, mostly hidden under throw rug, about 8 feet from dog's indoor food and water. This one didn't have a complete tail, looked healed over. Put in baggie; took outside near oregano and released. He crawled under some of the bark mulch and eventually went under the oregano to join the one released there about 1/2 hour ago. For size reference, the print from 20 to s in Dis, is 1 3/8 inch. (approximate snout to vent-with bend in body). The word DATE on baggie is 1/2 inch.
Much smaller than little one observed outdoors on cinderblock wall recently. Found near baseboards about 8 ft from door; caught in baggie; released outside and he went to hide under oregano where others have been found recently. For size reference, the work Date, is 1/2 inch, approximately his size from eye to elbow. 2 Calendar squares measure 3 1/8 inches. This lizard has a whole tail.
Lizard with re-grown tail. Photo by Joyce Tierney.
Must be very young. Tail is almost twice as long as body. Wasn't afraid as I slowly put finger near him for size reference. Later he slowly walked up to the top of the wall. There is a planter behind the wall only about 6 inches to the other wall, with rocks tapering to ground level, CA poppies, lemon balm, flax, chrysanthemum, and zucchini squash for cover and/or host plants for food.
A few friends and I were exploring around a creek. I found this guy underneath some boards. The poor guys tail fell off right after he saw me too.