Definition of alligator lizard in US English:

alligator lizard


  • A short-limbed, long-tailed, slim lizard native to the North American west coast.

    Genus Gerrhonotus, family Anguidae: several species, including the northern alligator lizard (G. coerulus) and the panamint alligator lizard (G. panamintinus)

    • ‘In Paradise Valley we found such a place where we could exchange the unctuous reptiles of Hollywood for far less pretentious alligator lizards and gopher snakes.’
    • ‘I caught an alligator lizard in a Target store because the employees were afraid of it.’
    • ‘Miguel has wrangled the foot-long, thrashing alligator lizard, his hand protected by a wadded T-shirt.’