It's small, it squiggles across the floor, and it makes you jump back.
Wait! Before you do something drastic ! Take a closer look.
That strange creature that has wandered into your kitchen, laundry room or garage could be an important member of the local ecosystem. Don't panic just help it get outside.
This juvenile southern alligator lizard (Elgaria multicarinata) was trapped in our garage. It was looking for a quiet safe place, but instead found a food desert. Alligator lizards are important predators in the yard. Let them help you with insects and other garden pests. All you have to do is help them get back outside.
This guy was very docile in-hand.
Watch for yourself: Rescuing an Alligator
Too many ants and other bugs in your yard? Embrace your lizard and amphibian neighbors.
Western fence lizard - Backyard Superhero