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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Hunting and grasping

I've had a couple of fun encounters with lizards recently.  

One young lizard hunting among the vegetation in the dunes: 

And a dramatic view of what I think is probably a male grasping a female with his mouth (see below).  After seeing this, I did a little research and read that males will do this prior to mating.

I think these are Northern Alligator Lizards (Elgaria coerulea), but I didn't get a close view of them, so I'm hesitant to say for sure.  [Interesting note: Northern Alligator Lizards will give birth to live young during the summer and early fall.]

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