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Sandstone Night Lizard (Xantusia gracilis)

Created: September 10th, 2015 - 12:03 AM
Last Modified: September 12th, 2015 - 10:10 PM
Entered by: mike skrivanek
Record 238543
Country:
United States
State:
California
County:
San Diego County
Time:
2015-09-08 15:00:00
Qty:
1
Age:
Adult
Sex:
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Method:
Visual encounter
Habitat:
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Body Temperature:
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Air Temperature:
103.00F
Ground Temperature:
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Humidity:
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Sky Conditions:
Clear
Moon Phase:
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Elevation:
625.00ft
Barometric Pressure:
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Vouchers

Comments

Posted by Jeff Teel on Dec 28, 2015 at 03:01 PM

The name should be switched to X.henshawi. Pretty neat observation though for this lizard.

Posted by mike skrivanek on Sep 12, 2015 at 10:06 PM

No construction, I only saw it for a minute and it was gone. Don't know where it went.

Posted by Jeff Nordland on Sep 11, 2015 at 11:24 PM

Thanks for adding the photo!
It's definitely a granite night lizard - Xantusia henshawi.
I wonder why it was out in the daytime heat? Was there some kind of construction work going on? Or irrigation perhaps?

Posted by mike skrivanek on Sep 11, 2015 at 11:09 PM

I saw it in my driveway above Sycaun Golf Course

Posted by mike skrivanek on Sep 11, 2015 at 11:08 PM

I have added picture

Posted by Jeff Nordland on Sep 11, 2015 at 12:05 PM

This record seems very suspect. Night lizards (as the name implies) are primarily nocturnal, and are basically never found at 3 PM when the temp. is 103 F. Also, X. gracilis isn't known to occur at 250 ft. elevation.

Mike: do you have a voucher photo to add? Or any other details to help verify this record?