Southern Alligator Lizard (Elgaria multicarinata)

The largest lizard in our area, it can reach a length of about one foot. The scales are smooth and shiny, the body grayish with darker narrow crossbars. A secretive lizard of cooler, damp areas, it can sometimes be seen basking on trails.

Photos by Helen Wong

Note the zigzag pattern of bands on the back of this juvenile.