Northern Alligator Lizard

Elgaria coerulea

Not only do these lizards strike a close resemblance to alligators, they also have matching personalities and an appetite to boot!

The Northern Alligator Lizards are known for their fierceness, hardiness, and the ability to adapt to different environments. While their diet consists primarily of insects, they will opportunistically eat baby mice, smaller lizards, and even snails.

The Northern Alligator Lizard have an interesting mode of reproduction called Ovoviviparity, where their young develop inside an egg that is then hatched within the parent’s body. As a testament to their adaptability, they can be found as far south as

central California and as far north as British Columbia, Canada.

Lindsay has three Northern Alligator Lizards that were acquired in 2017. These lizards were dropped off at a local pet store who could tell they should not be pet lizards and brought them to Lindsay Wildlife Rehabilitation Hospital. They are unable to be returned to the wild, since it is unclear where they came from. To protect wild populations from potentially foreign pathogens, they live at LWE and act as animal ambassadors for their species.