The alligator lizard is a very secretive species. Their first reaction is to flee and hide. When caught, the alligator lizard may release a combo of musk and feces. It’s possible that the lizard may bite you or even release its own tail as a decoy. The tail is an important fat reserve, so this final tactic is only used as a last resort.
Defecating is a defense mechanism alligator lizards use against predators. When caught or attacked, alligator lizards also bite and shed their tail.
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