Madrean Alligator Lizard

I spotted a juvenile alligator lizard winding its way along a gravel path and it looked so much like a snake.  I thought, “What is THAT…I have to catch it.”  So I did.  I would have sworn it was a skink, but the alligator lizards aren’t even in the same family; they’re in the Anguidae, which also includes glass lizards, which look EVEN MORE like snakes given that they don’t have any legs.

Madrean Alligator Lizard

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Madrean Alligator Lizard

Madrean Alligator Lizard

Apparently, the adults have a nasty bite, so I was lucky to catch a juvenile!

Madrean Alligator Lizard

I did spot this adult a couple of days later but I couldn’t catch it.  It looks like it was almost caught before, from the looks of its tail.

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