Western Fence Lizard

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Small 12.0" x 8.0"
Medium 18.0" x 12.0"
Large 24.0" x 16.0"
X large 30.0" x 20.0"


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The Western Fence Lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis) is a common lizard of California and the surrounding area. It is also known as the Blue-belly.

It is a member of the genus Sceloporus, and therefore is a spiny lizard.Western fence lizards measure 5.7-8.9 cm (snout-vent length) and a total length of about 21 cm. They are brown to black in color (the brown may be sandy or greenish), but their most distinguishing character is their bright blue belly and the ventral side of the limbs are yellow.These lizards also have a blue patch on their throat. This bright coloration is faint or absent in both females and juveniles. The scales of S. occidentalis are sharply keeled and between the interparietal and rear of thighs there are 35-57 scales.

Many other lizards have similar bright blue coloring. The Eastern Fence Lizard, S. undulatus, instead of having one large pouch on its throat, has two small patches.The Sagebrush Lizard, S. graciosus, lacks yellow limbs and has smaller dorsal scales.
Although California is the heart of the range of this lizard, it is also found in eastern and southwest Oregon, as well as in the Columbia River Gorge, southwest Idaho, Nevada, western Utah, and northwestern Baja California, and some of the islands off the coast of both California and Baja California.

The Western fence lizard enjoys a variety of habitat. It is found in grassland, broken chaparral, sagebrush, woodland, coniferous forest, even farmland, and occupy elevations from sea level up to 10,800 ft. They generally avoid the harsh desert.

As of right now, the Western fence lizard is listed as unprotected and no conservation restrictions apply.

They are commonly seen sunning on paths, rocks, and fence posts, and other high places. Unfortunately, this behavior makes them an easy target to predation by snakes, birds, and even some mammals, like shrews. They protect themselves by employing their fast reflexes, which is common in many other lizards.

The Western fence lizard eats spiders and insects.

Like most other lizards, S. occidentalis goes through a period of hibernacula during the winter. The length of their hibernacula and when they emerge varies depending on climate. During the mating season, adult males will defend a home range.

Above info taken from Wikipedia..Canon Rebel T1-i w/100mm macro IS lens

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