San Francisco Alligator Lizard

San Francisco Alligator Lizard
A San Francisco Alligator Lizard from the coast of Monterey County.

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Natural History: This lizard species requires more humid conditions than its related species, the California (Southern) Alligator Lizard. It is active during the day. Young are born in August and September. Some populations gregariously hibernate.

General Distribution: In the Presidio this species is found primarily in annual and serpentine grasslands, coastal and dune scrub, forests, developed and riparian areas. It has been spotted in the Lobos Creek Area.

Frequency: This animal is common within the Presidio.

Identifying Characteristics: The San Francisco Alligator Lizard is typically a tan, olive, or golden brown body with large, dark blotches or irregular cross-bands on its back. It is fairly small in size and has dusky sides.

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Last updated: February 28, 2015

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