Species group: Alligator Lizards
Other common names: Lagarto-escorpión del Sur; California Alligator Lizard
Scientific name: Elgaria multicarinata
The Southern Alligator Lizard is native to the west coast of North America, from the state of Washington in the north, to northern Baja California, Mexico in the south. It is found from sea level to as high as 7,500 feet in elevation, and is common in streambeds, grasslands and chaparral. There are five subspecies of Elgaria multicarinata.
Appearance / health:
The Southern Alligator Lizard has a slender, snake-like body, and a long, prehensile tail which is twice the length of its body. The body may reach 7 inches in length.
The Southern 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 80 F during the day, and in the 60s F at night.
The Southern Alligator Lizard can be fed insects, snails, and even baby mice in captivity.
healthy, interesting lizard
bite, nasty lizards
feisty lizard appearance
We have caught these as kids while traveling!
They are terribly cute and we have caught them in the wild as kids. They tolerated our handling but just barely! We did keep them and they were really shy but active..
From Kacie Bingham Sep 30 2017 1:20AM
A Tough, Safe "Alligator Alternative"
Alert yet calm in demeanor, southern alligator lizards and their relatives have long been bypassed by hobbyists, but are now getting some attention. And well they should – sure, they are somberly-colored, but 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 4:44PM