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Western Fence Lizard - Sceloporus occidentalis

Order: Squamata
Family: Phrynosomatidae
Genus: Sceloporus
Species: Sceloporus occidentalis

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Felt Lake

Blue belly

western fence lizard
Felt Lake
Autumn, 2011
Photographing Nature course

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Año Nuevo

Lazy as a lizard?

lizard

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Initial Lyme of defense

lizard

In a curious bit of disease ecology, the western fence lizard appears to protect against Lyme disease.

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Against the grain

western fence lizard
Western fence lizard
March 2014

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.

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Stanford Dish

The tail of the western fence lizard

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stanford safari

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.

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This has gotta hurt

egret with lizard
Great Egret (Ardea alba) with western fence lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis)
The Stanford Dish
March, 2014

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modified: May 30, 2014
created: November 27, 2011
Contact: siegelr@stanford.edu