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What kind of lizard is this?

  1. Paul Edmondson profile image
    Paul Edmondsonposted 5 years ago

    What kind of lizard is this?

    This is a small dark lizard with an orangish underbelly. We found it in our backyard in Burlingame, Ca. I've never seen one like it and am wondering what it is. 


  2. Theophanes profile image97
    Theophanesposted 5 years ago

    It is not a lizard, it is a newt, probably a Rough-Skinned Newt, maybe a California Newt. I don't know. This is just what came up in a google search. I don't live in your area but you could probably figure it out now  you have something to go on. We have salamanders here. They're fun little creatures.

  3. innerspin profile image92
    innerspinposted 5 years ago

    He's lovely! Does look like a newt, possibly a fire belly. They like water, is there a pond around? Wash your hands after handling him, I think they have toxic secretions.

  4. tsadjatko profile image56
    tsadjatkoposted 5 years ago
  5. LuisEGonzalez profile image86
    LuisEGonzalezposted 5 years ago


    Red Bellied newt. Must live near water in order to lay its eggs. Otherwise it lives in woodland areas.

  6. mudpiemagnet profile image59
    mudpiemagnetposted 5 years ago

    I think that looks like a salamander! Cute little guys. Don't hold it by its tail or it will fall off, as I remember..

  7. Marcus99 profile image58
    Marcus99posted 5 years ago

    I think it is a small lizard. Yep, that is my answer: A small lizard.

  8. beurswan profile image58
    beurswanposted 5 years ago

    I think it is melanistic / melanic Viviparous Lizard.

    1. innerspin profile image92
      innerspinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Melanistic means all black. The little chappie has an orangey belly.

  9. maggs224 profile image84
    maggs224posted 5 years ago

    It looks like what I use to find when I was a child in the UK we called them newts, rather than lizards

  10. Emanate Presence profile image76
    Emanate Presenceposted 5 years ago


    Newt, meet Charlie the chameleon. He's from the Big Island.