Madrean Alligator Lizard by Kimberly Chadwick

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Madrean Alligator Lizard

A large, shiny, long-bodied lizard with relatively small limbs and a long thick tail. The back and belly are armored with stiff, rectangular, late-like scales. A soft fold of skin on each side allows the body to expand for breathing.

This ground dweller is often found foraging in leaf litter or under rock piles, rats nests, fallen logs (where I found this guy) or dead plants. Seems to be most abundant in wooded canyons or along drainages.

Eats insects, spiders and scorpions. Presumably a Fall breeder laying up to 15 eggs in late Spring or early Summer.

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Comments

  • Kay Kempton Raade
    Kay Kempton Raadeover 4 years ago

    He’s a beauty, my colors!!

  • I got lucky with this shot, it is the only on I got of him…lol. Thank you Kay!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Robert Elliott
    Robert Elliottover 4 years ago

    beautiful capture, wonderful colours

  • I thank you Robert!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Robert Abraham
    Robert Abrahamover 4 years ago

    What a beauty, well spotted and captured

  • I apprecaite that Hawker my friend, thank you !

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 4 years ago

    More spectacular colors – the essence of the Southwest, this guy. Beautiful shot.

  • Many thank you’s Sheila!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    What a lovely looking fellow he is!

  • He was a handsome fella no doubt, thank you !

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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