I was cleaning up the wild area at Sarge’s Cache Creek ranch; it was thick with dried thistles and fallen tree limbs. As I reached down to pick up a dead branch I saw something in the corner of my eye. Something moved! “What was that!” I didn’t see anything else so I returned to my chore, but suddenly there was another flash of movement. I quickly turned around and spotted something scaly and squirming! Surprised by the sight, I stumbled backwards, imagining the rattlesnakes that I had seen in this area. Then I looked more closely, it was an Alligator lizard. “Whew, that was a scare!” I took some pictures, but I didn’t pick him up; I think that they call it an Alligator lizard because it bites like an alligator.