Two similar lizards were under a piece of junk. I only managed to capture one. Identified as P. g. rubricaudatus based on color of tail and cessation of lateral light stripe posterior to the hindlimb.
Juvenile found under a rock.
Hours of exploration finally paid off with this lifer Gilbert's Skink.
Round Valley Regional Preserve. Brentwood, California.
Gilbert's skink (Plestiodon gilberti) is a species of heavy-bodied medium-sized lizard of the family of skinks. It is endemic to the southwestern United States, and grows to about 7 to 12 cm (2.75 to 4.75 inches) in total length.