California Whiptail

Cnemidophorus tigris munda

This species, like the southern alligator lizard, is a relatively large lizard with bright markings interspersed with black. But its long, slender tail, coupled with long legs, give it an entirely different shape and way of moving than the more snakelike alligator lizard.  It seems to be increasingly common in yards around faculty housing, and can also be seen sprinting into the bushes when disturbed along the campus trail.

Photo Credit: : Amanda Sparkman