Been wanting to see one of these Northern Legless Lizards years and finally hit paydirt today!
A fantastic target for @twane today. Saw 3 today. Never saw it before.
Temperature was mid 80's and sunny.
A surprising find of a California Legless Lizard that we found under a coverboard within a still moist creek bed that is well shaded by a grove of Live Oak trees, on a warm (80+ degree F), sunny morning.
Found under a rock on an open trail in chaparral (sugarbush, scrub oak, chamise) Young - approximately 5.0 cm SVL. Very dark specimen!
10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
No photo. The lizard was moving too fast to take a photo. Found under a stone, it quickly moved to litter and an adjacent rock.
The family Anniellidae, known as American legless lizards, contains six species in a single genus Anniella: A. pulchra, the California legless lizard, the rare, A. geronimensis, Baja California legless lizard, and four more discovered in 2013.