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.
One of three Anniella seen within 5m of each other. All were in sand and found mostly buried beneath cover objects. We have had two early season rainstorms in the past month, with the first being the remnants of a tropical storm that dropped at least an inch at this location. I think the recent rain is what brought so many to the surface.
Found at night above ground in a gravel parking area surrounded by gardens and expansive oak woodlands.
Southern California Legless Lizard
Found this buddy while gardening
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.