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Wildlife and Other Sightings: Southern Alligator Lizard

July 15, 2012 Posted by: PU - Mather District Interpretive Ranger

Southern Alligator Lizard
Elgaria multicarinata
Alligator Lizard

July 11, 2012
Hetch Hetchy

A common lizard of broad leaf shady groves and creek canyon slopes is the Southern Alligator Lizard (Elgaria multicarinata). While common, these lizards do not readily make themselves visible. They are happier to be under logs and rocks, swimming through the leaf litter on the forest floor or high in the tree tops searching for grasshoppers, crickets, termites, and soft, juicy spiders. So, it was much to my delight to observe one climbing fluidly through the thicket of creek-side brush amidst the moss and ferns on the trail to Wapama Falls.


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  1. lily - long beach, california
    February 16, 2013 at 01:15

    at my school we found a pregnant female aligator lizard and my family is thinking about keeping it. if we decide not o keep it i want to put it in a sanctuary where it can be safe but i have found no luck on the internet. do you know about any sanctuaries for the lizard?


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Yosemite Museum

When it opened to the public on May 29, 1926, the Yosemite Museum became the first museum building in the national park system, and its educational objectives served as a model for parks nationwide. It still functions much as it was originally intended, and currently exhibits items which mainly reflect the Native occupation of Yosemite Valley and its surroundings. When in the park, you can visit with one of three cultural demonstrators who primarily staff the Museum.