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
Found in backyard
Found by my mom while we were moving rocks in our backyard in La Crescenta, CA.
Temp: 73* F
Wind: W.N.W.->E.S.E. 4 MPH
Location: former swamp site with
20%/Aggregate-40% decaying vegetation-40% sand/iron rich soil
Squamate appeared from an exposed burrow and entered a different burrow located 16" away.
Note: Squamate possibly searching for mate or feeding offspring.
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.