Species group: Alligator Lizards
Scientific name: Elgaria coerulea
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.
Wild vs Enclosure
common backyard lizards
These are small active lizards
These guys are small, cute little lizards that I have kept since a child. They are often overlooked for their smaller size but they make good pets who handle being handled very well. .
From Kacie Bingham Sep 29 2017 6:25PM
Hardy, Fascinating and Over-Looked!
Alert yet calm in demeanor, alligator lizards have long been bypassed by hobbyists, but are now getting some attention. And well they should – these North American natives are a near-ideal lizard pet, and suitable for beginners and pros alike. With proper care, they can live well into their 20’s and may even reproduce – and they are very interesting as well!
Alligator Lizards do best when provided with a temperature range of 75-85 F and basking sites of 95-100 F, plentiful cork bark caves and other cover, and abundant UVB exposure. A 55-gallon terrarium will suit a pair (watch pairs closely for “marital discord”!). As most offered in the pet trade are wild caught, a veterinary exam is essential for new arrivals. Although they usually take well to gentle handling, care must be exercised, as their snail-crushing jaws are very powerful (see below).
Alligator lizards favor snails, and many will accept canned snails sold for human or pet-reptile consumption. In addition, a varied diet comprised of roaches, locusts, crickets, hornworms, sow bugs, butter worms, lab-reared houseflies and wild-caught insects, along with vitamin/mineral supplements, is essential to their well-being. Crickets and mealworms alone, even if supplemented with vitamins, will not provide adequate nutrition…please do not reprove this infallible rule!.
From findiviglio Nov 18 2015 4:37PM