Reptilian hazards on the plein air path

As Kathleen Michele Williams and her companions were leaving Limestone Canyon in Southern California after doing some plein air painting, they came upon a curious sight.

Locked in a tense standoff were a striped whip snake and an alligator lizard. The lizard, which was roughly one-eighth the size of the snake, did not seem intimidated. The painters carefully and dutifully shot reference photos and backed away from the confrontation.

And all this time we thought the ’70s band America was making up that bit about “alligator lizards in the air” near the Ventura Highway.


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