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Western Fence Lizard - Sceloporus occidentalis
Species: Sceloporus occidentalis
Western fence lizard
Photographing Nature class
October 18, 2014
Photographing Nature course
Lazy as a lizard?
Initial Lyme of defense
In a curious bit of disease ecology, the western fence lizard appears to protect
against Lyme disease.
Against the grain
Fellow docent Lorrie Klosterman has suggested that the lizards that hang out on this dark piece of wood (from the wreck of the Point Arena) are much darker in color than the typical Western fence lizard.
The tail of the western fence lizard
Western fence lizards have a physiological mechanism to release their tails as a defence strategy.
As seen in this picture, the tail continues to wiggle even after it is detached.
Lizard on the radar
The egret spotted the lizards from far away and began to stalk them.
He did a waggle dance with his head
By following his gaze, it was easy to spot his intended target, even before predator and prey both fit on the same canera frame
Great Egret (Ardea alba) with
western fence lizards (Sceloporus occidentalis)
The Stanford Dish
April 7, 2014
Inspecting the meal
You can see the lizard's blue abdominal streaks. And the green mating coloration around the egret's eye.
This has gotta hurt
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Created: November 27, 2011
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