I have never seen one with such brilliant orange on its back as this individual! But after doing a bit of searching on-line, the orange-backed types are not too rare, apparently. Just a genetic variant, although I wonder if it could be environmental (something to do with diet)?
|Alligator lizards are masters of the "Intense Stare"!|
|ALMOST a full view of the orange-backed individual.|
|For comparison with the lizard above, here is one with a "normal" back coloration (and a MASSIVE appetite!) from near our patio in August of 2010.|
|Another alligator lizard from our property, which apparently had a dramatic encounter with a predator, from April 2010.|