The western fence lizard is frequently seen sitting on a fence (or
tv one day, something
caught my eye. "That looks like a tail hanging from the bottom of
the drapes. I wonder what might be on the other end of it."
I don't know how the lizard got into the house, but he was doing
his best to get out. He
just didn't understand glass. Having caught him in a clear
plastic. Container, I put him in the refrigerator (not freezer)
for 15 minutes. Since the lizard is cold blooded, cooling slowed
it down enough that I could get these pictures. For a good reason
they are commonly called "swifts".
Here the lighting clearly shows
the keels (ridges) on the lizards scales.
Looking upward through the
container shows why this species is often referred to as "blue bellied
Here is your size clue. This picture also shows the
toes, two are
missing from the left front.
The western fence lizard is one of the reasons that Lime disease is less common in areas where it lives. Not only is it immune to Lime disease, but infected ticks that bite the lizard are cured.
(more on Lime disease).
This little fence lizard is in the process of sheding its
Here is a male fence lizard showing off his colors.
[Taxonomy : Classification]
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