@ Jay, cool reptile shots.
On your third shot, the one of the close-up of the lizard in your hands, I noticed the lizard has what appears to be an engorged tick attached to its side.
I recall reading that ticks in CA have a significantly lower incidence of carrying lyme disease, partially because the two most common lyme disease carrying ticks in CA are considered to be three-host ticks (which means they feed on three different hosts during their individual life cycles). In their early stages of life (i.e. first host), these two species ticks mostly feed on lizards and rodents.
If the lizard the ticks feeds on during it's first host stage is a Western Fence lizard, the tick will lose all of its lyme disease-causing bacteria. Apparently there is something in the blood of Western Fence Lizards that kills the lyme disease but allows the tick to survive and continue on otherwise unharmed.
Anyway, I saw your photo and thought I'd share that interesting bit of info. Seems we have reptiles to thank, at least partially, for our lower rate of lyme disease in CA compared to other parts of the U.S.