2nd Place in the Skinks Challenge!
Canon Powershot SX100IS
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.