I heard something making a lot of noise walking on the dried oak leaves, so I turned and saw this lizard. When I got close enough to it, I saw it was eating a white butterfly. It then proceeded to speed off, hence the lousy photos.
Tiger whiptail lizard at Eaton Canyon.
2nd photo shows the lizard's trail.
First whiptail spotted in our backyard.
Tiger whiptail lizard above Eaton Canyon, on Pinecrest Dr., Altadena.
Found while cleaning a water tank.
Too fast for the camera
Teiidae is a family of lizards native to the Americas, generally known as whiptails. The group includes the parthenogenic genera Cnemidophorus and Aspidoscelis, and the non-parthenogenic Tupinambis. It has over 230 member species in ten genera. About 75% of the species are in two dominant genera, Aspidoscelis and Cnemidophorus.