One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.’
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