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.

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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.

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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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