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RichardK

Legless lizard?

We saw this creature today in Chino Hills. I believe that it is a legless lizard. It was about 8 inches long and thinner than a pencil.  I think it is a legless lizard, but I am unable to ID on the internet. The red band around the neck should be a tell. Is this a legless lizard?

Slowest_Hiker

It does not look like the Southern California Legless Lizard that I saw in my yard.  That one looked exactly like this example.

Could you see the underside?  Could it have been a San Bernadino Ring-Necked Snake?
RichardK

Legless lizard

I did not see the underside. The creature slithered into a hole in the ground covered by dry leaves. At first, I thought it might be a baby snake, but realized that babies would been seen in spring not fall.  It is darker than the legless lizards I saw on the internet.
Gene

Slowest_Hiker wrote:
It does not look like the Southern California Legless Lizard that I saw in my yard.  That one looked exactly like this example.

Could you see the underside?  Could it have been a San Bernadino Ring-Necked Snake?


Correct, see: http://www.californiaherps.com/id...cation/snakesid/ringnecks.id.html
RichardK

Ring Neck Snake

Thanks for the ID.  I didn't know snakes came that small.
Mike P

Beautiful ring-necked picture, Richard! They are relatively common but also relatively secretive.

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