This juvenile southern alligator lizard (Elgaria multicarinata) is an effective hunter of insects and other arthropods in the yard, but the garage was nearly its doom. It just took a moment to scoop it up and move it outside where it belonged.
A few weeks later we had a minute with an adult alligator lizard that is probably this little guy's mother.
Lizards are great backyard wildlife. They interact with each other:
Watching Lizards in Southern CA
And with other species in the yard:
Backyard Buddies ... Reptile Style
Though small right now, this alligator lizard will grow up to prey on the western fence lizards. (When an alligator lizard hunts its neighbors.) It's a jungle in our suburban yard.
More Earth Minutes with lizards:
Spotting a Lace Monitor in the Wild
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