I will hold my legs next to my side, and not move.
Rock as pillow, 'cause I'm tough.
I believe this is a San Diego alligator lizard, Elgaria multicarinata webbii,
based on the distribution map here, and eye color.
If you check out that map, it's cool, 'cause I learned these guys
IN San Diego, then moved up north, RIGHT where they extend north.
=) An old friend.
Though this guy was LONG, but not big,
so I think "old" is inaccurate.
Because of my time spent inventorying herps,
I have a habit of looking at the tail of any lizard to see
if their tail is the original, or if it's regenerated.
If you see the nice pattern going all the way down the tail, it's original.
If the pattern basically stops at the tail and becomes just plain, it's regenerated.
QUIZ: So, what do you think? Original work, or re-tread?
This guy was right in the trail.
I 100% did NOT see it, but Bear did, and pointed it out.
Total stick impression.
I had been looking for mushrooms (in vain) to the side of the trail,
'cause that's where I've seen them, frequently.
Not now. Too dry.
But, it's never too dry for an alligator lizard.
And this creature NEVER MOVED during the photo shoot.
Good one, lizard! You won.
You're a stick, and we are leaving you alone.