Northern Alligator Lizard

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Scientific name: Elgaria coerulea

The basics:
The Northern Alligator Lizard is native to the Pacific coast of North America, from British Columbia, Canada south to the San Francisco bay region. It is found from sea level to as high as 11,000 feet in elevation, and is common in forested habitats. There are four subspecies of Elgaria coerulea.

Appearance / health:
The Northern Alligator Lizard is a brown color, and has a slender, snake-like body, and a long, prehensile tail. The body may reach 4 inches (10 cm) in length, and the full length 10 inches (25 cm).

The Northern Alligator Lizard should be housed in at least a 10 gallon habitat, which provides a dirt substrate and rocks and logs where they can hide. Daytime temperatures can be around 70 F during the day, and in the 60s F at night.

The Northern Alligator Lizard can be fed insects, snails, and even baby mice in captivity.


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common backyard lizards

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