Reptile-Amphibian #25 — Western Fence Lizard

sceloporus occidentalis

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve in Murrieta, California

I spotted the first Western Fence Lizard sunning on a large rock in a field.


A while later, I saw another one on a log in the trees along the dry creek bed. It made no attempt to get away — perhaps it knew it was surrounded by poison oak. I only found this out when a couple walked by and paused to see what I was looking at. I’m not sure they saw the lizard, or at least they didn’t think it worth mentioning, but they did mention the poison oak.


After they walked on, the lizard strolled confidently to the end of the log, within a foot of where I was standing. It didn’t move even when I bent over and took a close-up. It was about seven-inches long, with scales all over its body.


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