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vic
Jun 21, 2014 2:45 AM CST
It's always such a joy to visit your gardens Sue. Thank you for sharing them with us Thumbs up

We have those little guys too. They have several names here - newts, salamanders, lizard, etc. I call them cute Lovey dubby
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Calif_Sue
Jun 21, 2014 10:10 AM CST

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I have newts (aquatic salamanders) too, I usually find them underneath pots in damp shady areas. They move real slow. The lizards are entirely different, they lovely sunning themselves on the rocks and zip around ahead of me as I walk. This one below stopped to check me out as I was weeding, and he was doing push-ups. I read that they do that because their eyesight is not as good as ours and by raising their heads up and down they can see farther.
Personally, I think he was just showing off his blue belly! nodding

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vic
Jun 21, 2014 3:57 PM CST
I've seen them do that.

Cute little fella Lovey dubby
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Calsurf73
Jun 21, 2014 9:53 PM CST
Great photos as usual, Sue !
I always feel like putting a gun to my head when I see your gardens !!!

Re: your lizards in the photos
Those are actually 2 different genus of lizards. The blue belly is one genus, the other one is a Western Alligator Lizard which is a separate genus.
We have both where I am, too...but the alligator lizards are more prevalent in my garden.
Many years ago I found (unknown to me at the time...) two miniscule baby alligator lizards under a rock after it rained. I brought them in the house and made a vivarium for them out of an old big dresser. It was like a 5 star hotel for reptiles ! LOL
The babies look completely different from the adults, so I had no clue what they were at the time.
They grew to be in excess of 24" long and lived for about 11 years. They laid clutches of eggs regularly and I would take the eggs up into the hills to save them from being eaten by the parents. (Obviously I had a male and a female.) These lizards don't care for their young. They lay their eggs, move on, and the babies are on their own to fend for themselves.
I used to observe them shed their skins on a regular basis. When they shed the old skin, they're a gorgeous blend of peach, gold, brown and black. Eventually they turn brown, but they're WAAAAAAAAAAAY cool !
The 2 that I had let me pick them up and they would eat out of my hand...crickets, slugs, moths, grasshoppers, etc.

Interesting fact about these guys: They're protected by law in the state of Calif. They can't be sold in pet shops and you're only legally allowed to keep 2 as pets.

OK...so much for the herpetology lesson for the day !


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Calif_Sue
Jun 21, 2014 10:16 PM CST

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So is my third shot in the blog the alligator lizard? They all look pretty much the same to me except that lighter one. I checked the images for both and I don't think I have seen anything that looks like an alligator lizard like the photos show.
http://www.californiaherps.com/identification/lizardsid/elga...

I have several lizards, they seem territorial as I always see certain ones in the same areas.
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beckygardener
Jul 15, 2014 6:56 AM CST
Sue - What a gorgeous garden! It must be such a blessing to walk out there each morning and gaze upon what looks like infinite natural beauty! Lovey dubby
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Calif_Sue
Jul 15, 2014 8:07 AM CST

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Thanks Becky, yes, I sure enjoy it!
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