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Northern Alligator Lizard

Northern alligator lizard is a long-bodied lizard found in the west coast of North America. The lizard is medium-sized and there are four recognized subspecies of this species.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Sauria
    Infraorder Anguimorpha
    Family Anguidae
    Subfamily Gerrhonotinae
    Genus Elgaria
    Scientific Name Elgaria coerulea


    Length Around 27.5 cm
    Color Brownish often with dark patches that sometimes forms into bands; light gray belly with dark eyes
    Distribution Southern British Columbia, Washington, northern Idaho, western Montana, Oregon, central California
    Habitat Forested habitats, montane chaparral
    Diet Crickets, mealworms, moths, small lizards
    Hibernation Fact Hibernates during winter in rock cracks or logs
    Breeding Season April – May
    Mode of Reproduction Viviparous (giving birth to live young)
    Litter Size Up to 15
    Reproductive Age 32 to 44 months
    Average Lifespan Around 10 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on October 16th 2016 by under Lizards. Article was last reviewed on 14th August 2018.

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