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Alligator lizard breeding is pretty rough

Breeding alligator lizards. Male is holding female’s head. Photo by Niki & Tim Bowden, Felton, CA
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On two occasions little more than a week apart recently we have stepped out our back door onto a scene of primitive savagery we have not experienced in over 35 years in these woods. The figures were frozen each time as you see above.

In the first instance, the predator, if that’s what he was, scurried away from the walkway with his prey at least 30 minutes after they were first observed. In both cases, they were locked together and still for long periods.  Can you give us some idea what this drama is about and who are the players?
Niki & Tim Bowden, Felton, California

Niki & Tim:
These are two alligator lizards … mating. The male grabs and holds the female by the head and they wrestle around a lot and finally breed. As you observed, it’s pretty rough and tumble and primitive. The “event” can sometimes last for a few hours. /Gary

Breeding alligator lizards. Male is holding female’s head. Photo by Niki & Tim Bowden, Felton, CA
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Posted on Thursday, May 10th, 2012
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Cat and garter snake are best of friends.

Tiger Lily and her garter snake friend. Photo by Stephanie Santos, Hayward, CA
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I just wanted to share a picture of my cat Tiger Lily and her friend, a neighborhood garter snake, who came for a visit and hung out in the patio.  I really enjoy your column. Have a great day,
Stephanie Santos, Hayward, California

Curious, how our pet cats will sometimes interact with unusual creatures. Many years ago I has a tabby named John who I would occasionally find sitting out on our back patio next to an alligator lizard. One of my present cats, Jazz, has this thing going with a skunk and its family. Jazz will often sit at the sliding glass door in my home office and look out at a female skunk standing on the other side of the door. They’ll just sit and stare at each other. In the spring, the skunk will bring her babies and they’ll all  stare back and forth, just inches away from each other, separated by a pane of glass. Interesting. /Gary

Posted on Tuesday, November 1st, 2011
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Alligator lizard photo: Sunbathing on the back patio

Young alligator lizard sunning on back patio, by Don Couch
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This little creature was crawling on my backyard patio, so I thought I would send it to you (the picture).
Don Couch

What a beautiful little alligator lizard! Thanks for sharing it with us. /Gary

Posted on Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010
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Alligator Lizard Love: Isn’t this romantic?

Alligator lizard love. Photo by Janet Elam, Rodeo, CA
Janet Elam, Rodeo

Awww … isn’t this romantic? How sweet. /Gary

Posted on Thursday, June 17th, 2010
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Shasta alligator lizard & Mossbrae Falls, what a beautiful pair!

Shasta alligator lizard. Photo by Lindy & Dan Fay, Alamo, CA
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Dear Gary:
While exploring waterfalls in the McCloud/Mt. Shasta area of California, we came across this beautiful Shasta Alligator Lizard.  The photo doesn’t do it justice, but gives an idea.  Both the yellow and the blue were much more brilliant that the photo shows.
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Posted on Monday, May 24th, 2010
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