Oregon State University Extension Service


Why is our lizard roommate hanging around?

A:

That is a Northern alligator lizard (Elagaria coerulea) It prefers the edges of meadows in conifer forests, and is also found in riparian zones. This is the only lizard found in the cool coastal forests of northern Oregon. Northern alligator lizards eat small terrestrial invertebrates (termites, beetles, ticks, spiders, millipedes, and snails), and occasionally eats small mammals, and other lizards. All animals need four things - food, water, shelter and a place to raise young. Unless you have leaky faucets or an abundance of Arthropods running around your home I doubt if that is why its coming into your home. In addition, your home does not provide a suitable place for raising young. So that just leaves one reason... it’s looking for a nice place to hang out (shelter). If you do not want it in your home, seal up any access such as under the doors.


Source URL: https://extension.oregonstate.edu/outdoors-environments/wildlife/why-our-lizard-roommate-hanging-around