Where they live
- View a map of where they live.
- Northern alligator lizards can be found in northern Idaho, western Montana, and along the Pacific coast of southern British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, and northern and central California.
- Tend to live in grassy, bushy, or rocky openings within forested areas.
- Can also tolerate areas of low to moderate development, including in rock retaining walls, woody debris, rock piles, and near the bases of newly emerging buildings.
What they eat
- Feed on crickets, spiders, mealworms, moths, snails, small lizards, and baby mice.
- During the summer, females give birth to live young.
- Even though large-scale habitat destruction may threaten northern alligator lizards, they are considered “least concern” due to their ability to tolerate some forms of habitat destruction, large distribution, and numerous large stable populations.
- View their status on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Amphibians & Reptiles of Washington
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