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Southern Alligator Lizard

Elgaria multicarinata


While certainly not as ubiquitous as the fence lizards, the alligator lizards are probably the second most commonly seen lizard on campus.  You might find one on a path through campus, almost asking to be picked up, they can lie so still; but beware if you do: they aren't called alligators for nothing!

These lizards have a variety of colors and patterns, ranging from rusty red to mustard yellow, typically interspersed with dark bands.  They are usually several times as big as fence lizards, and have small limbs and a long tail that make them look almost snakelike as they run along.

Photo Credit: Carli Bulow

Video Credit: Amanda Sparkman

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