Larger skink that dropped it's tail
The second one I found. He just would not stop biting me.
Found 5 today. But I only caught 2 and were able to get photographs of them. This was the first one I found. Instead of biting he pooped on me. . . then bit me.
Western Skink, under small log
Breeding colors; red tongue. About 3" long. In burrow between coyote bush. Never came out far enough to show its tail. ID as per: http://www.californiaherps.com/lizards/pages/p.s.skiltonianus.html
About 3" long. Blue tail barely visible. Under poison oak; no burrow visible. ID as per: http://www.californiaherps.com/lizards/pages/p.s.skiltonianus.html
I never would have noticed it if it hadn't loudly crashed through the vegetation off the side of the trail as I walked by. Then it stayed still until I walked away.
I found this guy under the first rock I flipped. It was a different one from last week because it was smaller and had a longer tail. A man said they are everywhere in the field which gave me hope and he also said there are alligator lizards. This gave me hope of finding one. I'm going back to the field tomorrow. I wonder what I'll find.
Skinks are lizards belonging to the family Scincidae. Together with several other lizard families, including Lacertidae (the "true" or wall lizards), they comprise the superfamily or infraorder Scincomorpha. With more than 1500 described species, the Scincidae are the most diverse family of lizards.