RIP: Southern Alligator Lizard :(

It is with a heavy heart that I report the death of one of my regular garden visitors, a southern alligator lizard (aka Elgaria multicarinata and previously known as Gerrhonotus multicarinatus). I had only photographed it in April. It looks like it died about one week ago. I enjoyed watching it scurrying around my backyard garden. But I found it most often in a specific container, atop some soft soil, enjoying itself. That is where, sadly, it spent its last moments. Here is a photo from April.

In an odd way, it felt strangely comforting that of all places, it “chose” to die in that same container – maudlin anthropomorphism, naysayers may chime, but it seemed as though the container was its regular place in its small world.

No doubt, this lizard helped to play an important role in ridding my backyard garden of non-beneficial insects. In tribute for its contribution to my backyard garden and to give thanks, I will find an appropriate burial spot in my backyard. I always change the soil in that container every year so that won’t be a practical burial spot for it. I will find a spot near a nice rock, where the sunlight is ample.

I wish you peace, southern alligator lizard.


2 Responses

  1. A lovely burial is fitting! Such a sweet post!

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