I almost stepped on this little critter. It blended into my garage floor. It is about about the size of my hand, with huge bulbous eyes that immediately caught my attention. There was a distinct white bump below\between the eyes. It froze when I turned on the light and did not move at all until I turned the light off. Then it moved faster than my eyes could follow in the direction of my garden.

I am on an island in the San Francisco Bay, California. The current temperature is ranging from 50 (night) to 65 degrees and rainy season has just started (late this year). It blended so well with the garage floor that my camera had problems focusing on it.

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  • $\begingroup$ Likely some type of gecko, they are active at night. $\endgroup$ Nov 14, 2020 at 21:58
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    – tyersome
    Nov 15, 2020 at 0:03
  • $\begingroup$ Something like this perhaps? Found here while searching for "gecko" in California Lizards It may not be an exact match due to geography, but perhaps it's a start. It at least sometimes has a white spot between the eyes, though not as pronounced as this one. $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Nov 15, 2020 at 1:10

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I believe this is an Arboreal Salamander (Aneides lugubris). http://www.californiaherps.com/identification/bayareaherps.html#Lizards http://www.californiaherps.com/salamanders/images/alugubrisbr1108.jpg


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