Looking for lizards across Los Angeles

They plan to leave no stone unturned in the hunt for the “Lost Lizards of Los Angeles.”

That’s what experts at Los Angeles County’s Natural History Museum are calling an unusual wildlife safari they plan to launch in backyards across the county.

Museum officials hope to recruit volunteers to poke around flower beds and peek under leaf piles and hedgerows for a first-of-its-kind Los Angeles lizard census.

It’s not Los Angeles’ first hunt for lizard people, however. One such search 76 years ago sent locals running for their shovels.

There are thought to be about 4,675 lizard species worldwide. It is unknown how many of them exist in heavily developed Southern California.

While the museum’s lizard search will begin in late spring and extend into the summer, the counting will actually start Saturday, when about 20 local amphibian experts fan out across Exposition Park to hunt for salamanders. They are braced for the likelihood that they will come up empty-handed.

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About Candace M Hansen

Wildlife advocate, conservationist and environmentalist.
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