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13th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Mobile
Alligator lizard while hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains

This is an alligator lizard that was basking in the sun on the trail during a recent hike. Its natural defense must have been to freeze, because I was literally able to get my phone right in its face to take this shot as it stayed motionless.

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Date Taken: 05.2015
Date Uploaded: 12.2015
Photo Location: Topanga, California, United States of America
Camera: BlackBerry Z10
Copyright: © Mieke Eerkens