A Guide to the Amphibians
and Reptiles of California

Photo Index of California Lizards                  

These are pictures of every kind of native lizard in California along with any well-established non-native species.

Click on a name link to go to the main page for more pictures and information about a particular lizard and its habitat.

You can also look at an Expanded Photo Index of California Lizards, with maps, more pictures of each species, and a few identification tips.

More Lists And Information About California Lizards
San Francisco Alligator Lizard San Francisco Alligator Lizard Sierra Alligator Lizard
San Francisco Alligator Lizard
Elgaria coerulea coerulea
Juvenile San Francisco Alligator Lizard Sierra Alligator Lizard
Elgaria coerulea palmeri
Juvenile Sierra Alligator Lizard
Northwestern Alligator Lizard Shasta Alligator Lizard
Northwestern Alligator Lizard
Elgaria coerulea principis
Juvenile Northwestern Alligator Lizard Shasta Alligator Lizard
Elgaria coerulea shastensis
Juvenile Shasta Alligator Lizard
California Alligator Lizard San Diego Alligator Lizard
      © Jay Keller
Forest Alligator Lizard
(California Alligator Lizard)
Elgaria multicarinata multicarinata
Juvenile Forest Alligator Lizard Woodland Alligator Lizard
(San Diego Alligator Lizard)
Elgaria multicarinata webbii
Juvenile Woodland Alligator Lizard
California Legless Lizard California Legless Lizard California Legless Lizard
  © Alex Krohn © William Flaxington  
Panamint Alligator Lizard
Elgaria panamintina
Temblor Legless Lizard
Anniella alexanderae

Big Spring Legless Lizard
Anniella campi
Bakersfield Legless Lizard
Anniella grinnelli
California Legless Lizard
San Diegan Legless Lizard
Anniella stebbinsi
Northern Legless Lizard
Anniella pulchra
Black Legless Lizard
Anniella pulchra (dark phase)
Great Basin Collared Lizard
Crotaphytus bicinctores
Baja California Collared Lizard Long-nosed Leopard Lizard
Baja California Collared Lizard
Crotaphytus vestigium
Cope's Leopard Lizard
Gambelia copei
Blunt-nosed Leopard Lizard
Gambelia sila
Long-nosed Leopard Lizard
Gambelia wislizenii
San Diego Banded Gecko Desert Banded Gecko Peninsular Leaf-toed Gecko
  © Stuart Young    
Peninsula Banded Gecko
Coleonyx switaki
San Diego Banded Gecko
Coleonlyx variegatus abbotti
Desert Banded Gecko
Coleonyx variegatus variegatus
Peninsula Leaf-toed Gecko
Phyllodactylus nocticolus
Banded Gila Monster
Banded Gila Monster
Heloderma suspectum cinctum
Northern Desert Iguana
Dipsosaurus dorsalis dorsalis
Common Chuckwalla
Sauromalus ater
Western Zebra-tailed Lizard
Callisaurus draconoides rhodostictus
Pygmy Short-horned Lizard
Mearns's Rock Lizard
Petrosaurus mearnsi mearnsi
Blainville's (Coast) Horned Lizard
Phrynosoma blainvillii
Pygmy Short-horned Lizard
Phrynosoma douglasii
Flat-tailed Horned Lizard
Phrynosoma mcallii
Western Sagebrush Lizard
Southern Desert Horned Lizard
Phrynosoma platyrhinos calidiarum
Northern Desert Horned Lizard
Phrynosoma platyrhinos platyrhinos
Western Sagebrush Lizard
Sceloporus graciosus gracilis
Northern Sagebrush Lizard
Sceloporus graciosus graciosus
Southern Sagebrush Lizard San Joaquin Fence Lizard
Southern Sagebrush Lizard
Sceloporus graciosus vandenburgianus
Desert Spiny Lizard
Sceloporus magister
Island Fence Lizard
Sceloporus occidentalis becki
San Joaquin Fence Lizard
Sceloporus occidentalis biseriatus
Coast Range Fence Lizard
Sceloporus occidentalis bocourtii
Great Basin Fence Lizard
Sceloporus occidentalis longipes
Northwestern Fence Lizard
Sceloporus occidentalis occidentalis
Sierra Fence Lizard
Sceloporus occidentalis taylori
Granite Spiny Lizard Male Granite Spiny Lizard Coachella Valley Fringe-toed Lizard
Female                 Granite Spiny Lizard                 Male
Sceloporus orcutti
Yellow-backed Spiny Lizard
Sceloporus uniformis
Coachella Fringe-toed Lizard
Uma inornata
Long-tailed Brush Lizard Baja California Brush Lizard
Colorado Desert Fringe-toed Lizard
Uma notata
Mohave Fringe-toed Lizard
Uma scoparia
Western Long-tailed Brush Lizard
Urosaurus graciosus graciosus
Small-scaled Lizard
Urosaurus microscutatus
Western Side-blotched Lizard
Colorado River Tree Lizard
Urosaurus ornatus symmetricus
Western Side-blotched Lizard
Uta stansburiana elegans
Nevada Side-blotched Lizard
Uta stansburiana nevadensis
Variegated Skink
Plestiodon gilberti cancellosus
Greater Brown Skink
Plestiodon gilberti gilberti
Northern Brown Skink
Plestiodon gilberti placerensis
Western Red-tailed Skink
Plestiodon gilberti rubricaudatus
Skilton's Skink
Plestiodon skiltonianus skiltonianus
Coronado Skink
Plestiodon skiltonianus interparietalis
Belding's Orange-throated Whiptail
Aspidoscelis hyperythra beldingi
San Diegan Tiger Whiptail
Aspidoscelis tigris stejnegeri
California Whiptail
Aspidoscelis tigris munda
Granite Night Lizard
    Dark phase Light phase
Great Basin Whiptail
Aspidoscelis tigris tigris
Sandstone Night Lizard
Xantusia gracilis
Granite Night Lizard
Xantusia henshawi
San Nicolas Night Lizard
San Clemente Night Lizard
Xantusia riversiana reticulata
San Nicolas Night Lizard
Xantusia riversiana riversiana
Sierra Night Lizard
Xantusia sierrae
Desert Night Lizard
Xantusia vigilis
Wiggins' Night Lizard
Xantusia wigginsi

Non-Native Species

Green Anole Green Anole Colorado Desert Fringe-toed Lizard
Green Anole
Anolis Carolinensis
Brown Anole
Anolis sagrei
Belding's Orange-throated Whiptail lizard Mediterranean House Gecko
© Elliot Jaramillo © William Flaxington  
Sonoran Spotted Whiptail
Aspidoscelis sonorae
Rough-tailed Gecko Cyrtopodion scabrum Indo-Pacific Gecko
(Fox Gecko, Garnot's House Gecko)
Hemidactylus garnotii
Mediterranean Gecko
Hemidactylus turcicus
wood slave Wood Slave San Francisco Alligator Lizard
Dark phase Light phase   © William Flaxington
Tropical House Gecko
(Wood Slave, etc.)
Hemidactylus mabouia
Italian Wall Lizard
Podaris siculus
Ringed Wall Gecko
(White-spotted Wall Gecko)
Tarentola annularis
Moorish Wall Gecko African Five-lined Skink Yellow-crested Jackson's Chameleon
© Monte Lininger   Male
Moorish Gecko
Tarentola mauritanica
African Five-lined Skink
Trachylepis Quinquetaeniata
Jackson's Chameleon
Trioceros (Chamaeleo) jacksonii
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