Alligator Lizard (3 photos)

I admit that I’m not much of a wildlife photographer, but when a good-looking Alligator Lizard (Elgaria multicarinata) like this lets me approach him with my 50mm prime lens (guess just how close I was to the guy!) I’ll of course have to try and make some photos. And boy, is this a beautiful creature or what? :-)

The Alligator Lizard is one of the many reptile inhabitants of California’s coastal regions, including the chaparral. The often keep their legs very close to their body when they’re warming up in the sun, so at first one might actually mistake them for a snake. As I approached this one – he was sitting flat out in the middle of the trail! – we both jumped a little bit and he was all alert and watching me closely as I circled around and hovered above him with the camera. I hope it wasn’t too scary for him.

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