Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Corralitas Drive: Don't Judge Him By His Size

Photo: Diane Edwardson, June 11, 2012.  A very slender (my pinkie finger width), 6" long, pale green Alligator Lizard was hiding under the green bin in the backyard.  (Click on photos to enlarge - yeah the quality isn't good, but it was just so amusing.)

The lizard immediately jumped at the camera, hissing, puffing up and showing his ferocious mouth - definitely Alligator Lizard behavior.  We had never seen one so pale green before. He must do well in the light green plants in the yard.
Photo: Diane Edwardson, June 11, 2012.  After a few seconds of threats, he ran into the nearby succulents, mouth agape, hissing at me the whole way.  It was really hard to hold the camera steady while laughing so hard. 

Learn more about Alligator Lizards: California Herps