Oregon does have alligators, they're just really tiny! The Northern Alligator Lizard(Elgaria coeruleus "blue") are about 8-10" long. They like dry sunny places, like rock piles and oak savannah. You can see they are the same color as the clay-ish soil. I found this one on our motorcycle track. It was a cool day, so the lizard was sluggy and posed well. Otherwise they are very quick! Their bellies are bluish, and because scales are not very flexible, their sides are pleated so they can breathe(you can see the pleat if you click on the photo). If you pick one up, be prepared to have it bite(it's not poisonous) or poop on you, or....
...snap off its tail, as this one has a few weeks ago. Compare the shape of the old scales and the new scales. The new scales will each expand to its full size. Check out the delicate foot and those toes.
Smile for the camera! Here I am, eye to eye, belly on the dirt to get the lizard's portrait--I'm about 6" away. I got a few nice headshots.
My guidebook says "The young a born live, fully formed, in litters of two to thirteen in late summer." That I'd love to see, teeny miniature lizards.