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This is about 2" long. It is white on its underside and looks like a small salamander, except for it being white underneath. It is about 1/8th inch wide.

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  • $\begingroup$ Search for Larch Mountain salamander Plethodon larselli images; some I found look similar but this is very rare endangered species and Coos Bay is a bit south of the reported range (Columbia river gorge and north) and it's mainly a mountain species. Size is right, color approximately right. $\endgroup$ – Bryan Hanson Oct 21 '18 at 0:25
  • $\begingroup$ The body form looks more like a skink than a salamander. Close to a 5-lined skink (wildlifedepartment.com/wildlifemgmt/swg/t35p1/WMA/…) but those aren't native to OR> $\endgroup$ – kmm Oct 21 '18 at 1:21
  • $\begingroup$ @kmm I think you may be correct, looks like there are scales which aren't present in a salamander (and apparently salamanders usually have 4 front digits). Searching for images of lizards/skinks for CA/OR/WA doesn't turn anything up, and each state has high quality web sites for herps. Maybe it's a juvenile form that is not well documented? $\endgroup$ – Bryan Hanson Oct 21 '18 at 12:45
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That is definitely a lizard, not a salamander. Salamanders don't have scales. It is a Northern Alligator lizard, Elgaria coerulea, in the family Anguidae. https://www.inaturalist.org/check_lists/9307-Reptiles-of-Oregon https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_alligator_lizard

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  • $\begingroup$ Is that typical coloration for the juvenile form? $\endgroup$ – Bryan Hanson Oct 22 '18 at 6:59

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