The backyard with many flowering plants is regularly visited by various song birds, humming birds, crows and butterflies. Tonight, we welcomed a rare visitor, the Southern Alligator lizard. Our son and our granddaughter have seen it once on their evening walks and based on their descriptions, I have been looking forward to seeing one in person.
It was about 8:30 pm. This is the time I tell my granddaughter “when I turn into a pumpkin." I am a morning person and I was already getting ready for bed when my son alerted me. I quickly ran downstairs and joined others who were already looking out from the living room window.
This lizard was long, looked full grown so I estimate it to be at least a foot long. It stayed still about a couple of minutes before slinking from the patio to hide beneath the Hibiscus bushes.
After learning about some of the characteristics of this species, I can understand why they are called alligator lizards.
Aloha -- Cathi