The museum at La Brea Tar Pits and the William S. Hart museum will remain closed until further notice. Advanced tickets are required for entry to NHM’s Spider Pavilion, and are now available online. See NHMLAC's response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Lizard Scavenger Hunt

How many can you find?

 Close up of lizard on hand

Look for lizards in your own backyard and help our scientists by joining the Lizard Scavenger Hunt. 

Download this PDF guide to help in your hunt.

In urban areas, including the Greater Los Angeles Area, alligator lizards are the most widespread lizards. They can be found in gardens, garages, and sometimes taking an accidental stroll through a living room. 

During mating season, males search out females. The male bites the female on her neck or head and may hold her this way for several days. We have some observations on their behavior but we still need more and we need your help! 

Our RASCals (The Reptiles and Amphibians of Southern California) community science project is a partnership between the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County (NHMLAC) and the San Diego Natural History Museum. We just reached the major milestone of 50,000 observations from community science participants like you! Thanks to you, these observations have resulted in 8-10 scientific publications. 

As we all navigate these times of uncertainty and social distance you can help our scientists — since science doesn't stop!

Remember to keep yourself and wildlife safe. Do not disturb wildlife and follow your local city and county government directives regarding COVID-19 and social distancing measures.