The strange mating season of alligator lizards in Southern California

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Two alligator lizards in a bite hold in the San Gabriel Mountains on March 26, 2017. Photo credit: Paul Faulstich.

Alligator mating season is about to hit Southern California. A ton of them are already in the area. They’re actually just a few inches long, and weigh about an ounce. That’s because they’re Southern Alligator Lizards. 

If you happen to see some alligator lizards doing their weird lovemaking, be a community scientist: take a picture and send it to

 Two male and one female alligator lizard in the courtyard of a Pasadena apartment complex. Photo credit: Xan Sonn.



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