Elgaria multicarinata webbii - San Diego Alligator Lizard
Originally uploaded by bonbayel.
But today, when he was about to open the front door, he discovered our little friend inside - the screen door does not close very tightly at the bottom. It had probably thought it had found a nice dark replacement home. Luckily we convinced it to go out again - through the sun, and back to where the composter had been. Our little friend is evidently much happier in dark places, and doesn't really care much for sustainable rays!
If you click the picture, it will take you to my Flickr pictures, where there is another picture of our little friend, scared to death of the sunlight, just before s/he scurried off to its nice shady corner under the nectarine tree.