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Northwestern Alligator Lizard - Elgaria coerulea principis

(Baird and Girard, 1852)




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Related or Similar Northwest Lizards:

Oregon Alligator Lizard
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Northwestern Alligator Lizard
Adult, Kittitas County, Washington
Gravid female, Thurston County, Washington
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  Adult, Kittitas County, Washington  
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Adult, Benton County, Oregon Adult, Benton County, Oregon Sub-adult King County, Washington
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Neonate, Maury Island, King County Washington © Steven Caldwell Adult, Kittitas County, Washington Adult, Thurston County, Washington
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Juvenile with a re-generating tail, shedding its skin, Linn County, Oregon
© Michael A. Bryant
Adult, King County, Washington Adult, King County, Washington
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As a defensive measure , an alligator lizard may drop its tail, leaving it writhing on the ground. The writhing tail is intended to distract a predator. The loss of the tail does not harm the lizard. It will grow back.
   
  Extended tongue on Thurston County, Washington adult  
 
Habitat
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Habitat, Kittitas County, Washington Habitat, Benton County, Oregon Habitat, Thurston County, Washington
     
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  Alligator Lizard Tail  
  A gravid adult female Northwestern Alligator Lizard found in a grassy spot in Thurston County, Washington.  
     
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