Investigation of the distribution and life history of the Panamint Alligator Lizard
Have you seen this lizard?
Email sighting information to:
cyasuda (at) mail.csuchico.edu
Panamint alligator lizards are small (3.5 -6" long without tail) striped lizards. They are only found in Inyo & Mono Counties in California but may occur across the border in Nevada.
Please submit as much of the following as possible:
GPS coordinates of animal location
Date & Time of encounter
Photographs of animal
Measurements (length, weight, sex) ***
*** Panamint alligator lizards are a California species of special concern and require special permits to pursue or catch. Most information can be gathered without disturbing the animal, do not attempt to catch this species if you do not have proper permits.
I recieved my Bachelor's degree from University of California, Davis in Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology Spring, 2012. I am currently pursuing a Master's degree from CSU Chico working in the Engstrom Vertebrate Ecology Laboratory studying Panamint alligator lizards.
Herpetology, Scientific Illustration, Birding, Mammology, Museum Studies
Lambert, M.R., Yasuda, C.M. and Todd, B.D. 2012. Evaluation of a photographic technique for estimating body size in lizards from a distance. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 7(1): 83-88.
Yasuda, C.M. and Todd, B.D. 2012. Evidence of sexual size dimorphism of head morphology in an introduced population of the banded watersnake (Nerodia fasciata) from an isolated California waterway. Manuscript in review.
Department of Biological Sciences,
California State University, Chico
cyasuda (at) mail.csuchico.edu
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Fauna & Flora Identification:
California Herps: Californiaherps.com
California Fish: California Fish Website
California Rare Plants: California Native Plant Society
North American Mammals: Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
North American Birds: What Bird
Where to report wildlife sightings:
Reptiles/Amphibians: Herpetological Education & Research Project
California Roadkill: California Roadkill Observation System
California Rare Taxa: California Natural Diversity Database
All taxa: iNaturalist
Primary Research Objectives:
1. Determine important life history characteristics of Panamint alligator lizards including habitat requirements, home range size, and overwintering/aestivation sites.
2. Estimate current population abundance and distribution across the landscape, including conducting surveys in historical locations to determine if animals are still extant at these sites.
3. Construct a detailed habitat model to predict where Panamint alligator lizards may be found and how climate change may impact this species in the future.
Secondary Research Objectives:
1. Utilizing museum records and live animals, analyze scale morphology to determine if members of Elgaria can be identified to individuals utilizing pattern recognition software.
2. Determine if the color pattern of Panamint alligator lizards is unique to individuals.
3. Construct an online reporting system and database of known individuals based on outcome of objectives 1 & 2.
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