Luckily we were using a pitchfork instead of a shovel!!!
Location: Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
March 29, 2013
We needed to dig in the garden today to remove a dead kumquat tree, when we noticed a shimmery, slithering creature in the freshly turned dirt. We thought at first it was a salamander, but we were pleasantly surprised to find a California Legless Lizard. The last one we found in Mount Washington was released in Elyria Canyon Park in June of 2008. We didn’t have much time, but we snapped a few photos to document this relatively rare sighting in our lovely rustic neighborhood.
Update: September 22, 2013
It seems there is more diversity among Legless Lizards in California than was originally believe. Read about the four new species of Legless Lizards in California on Popular Science and Yahoo News.
Julian Donahue provides information on the Legless Lizard diversity: September 19, 2013
Just discovered a new paper that splits four species of legless lizards from the one species, California Legless Lizard, making five in all in California.
Ours is now Anniella stebbinsi, the Southern California Legless Lizard. I have just posted this info on the Alliance Facebook page, updated the Mt. Washington herptile list, and attach a PDF of the full article for your files. Anniella-4 n spp