Has ability to be active in cool temperatures during foggy or cloudy periods of the day.
Can be active (and grow and digest food) with body temperature as low as 11° C (52° F) (Brattstrom 1965)
Its capacity for activity despite low body temperature is distinctive. Many other lizards are 'obligate' thermoregulators and need to be warmer to function well. (Kingsbury 1994).
Active in the day (diurnal) or at dusk and dawn (crepuscular)
Largely unknown for Southern Alligator Lizards, although may be similar to northern species
Northern species studied by Rutherford and Gregory can be found under favored rocks and do not travel far throughout the year; only one out of 334 lizards moved as far as 750 m (slightly less than .5 mile)
Northern species rarely found in the open; remain close to a rock and within 2 m (6.6 ft) of a shrub
Largely unstudied although may be like the Northern Alligator Lizards which may have territorial behavior since they inhabit the same site for many years (are 'site tenacious') (Gillette 2008)
Not the primary means of communication for lizards (Ditmars 1933).
Has snake-like undulating pattern to its locomotion on the ground
Is the most arboreal of the alligator lizards
A good swimmer; swim in serpentine manner rather than "dog-paddle" swimming (Cowles 1946)
Tail is slightly prehensile, helping hold onto branches when climbing
Tailless individuals run slower and are more secretive than ones with intact tails (Pough et al 1998)
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