Elgaria kingii — Madrean Alligator Lizard
Subspecies I've seen:
E. k. nobilis
Arizona Alligator Lizard
Elgaria kingii nobilis — Arizona Alligator Lizard
This is just a tiny baby lizard, perhaps four inches long including its long tail. I have yet to see an adult of this species.
Elgaria kingii is typically boldly marked for an alligator lizard, but the adults in this area were quite drab. This one, found by Jeff Smith, is practically monochrome but for the bright orange mites.
However, the tiny youngsters in this area were still very strongly patterned. These two were both foraging in greenery alongside a creek. I saw one of them deliberately hop into the water and swim to another rock multiple times.
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