Northern Alligator Lizard

Northern Alligator Lizard
Elgeria coerulea

Northern alligator lizards share much of their range and habits with Southern alligator lizards. But as their name suggests, they are found much farther north than their Southern counterparts, thriving in the woodlands and riparian areas of central California coast, up through British Columbia, and eastward into Northern Idaho and Montana.

These nimble, carnivorous lizards prey on a wide variety of insects and will take small mice and smaller lizards if given the opportunity. They are in turn targeted by hawks, owls, mammals, and larger reptiles in their habitats. If they can escape predation and reside in a healthy, abundant habitat, their lifespan could extend beyond 10 years!

Our three Northern alligator lizards, Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion, were taken from the wild, kept as pets, and abandoned at a pet store. You can meet them living together in the exhibit hall, next to our common chuckwallas and desert iguanas!