Western fence lizard

The Western fence lizard is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

In May of 2004, we spotted the first western fence lizard in the yard. Since then, there has been at least one batch of youngsters. Rock piles and concrete walls soak up the sun’s rays and create warm stopping places for lizards. More

Often called "blue bellied lizards" the Western Fence Lizard can be found scurrying about in less populated areas (e.g. South Campus). These guys are native to all of California except deserts. They like to sit on elevated objects (like fences) and sun themselves. More

The Western Fence Lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis) is a common lizard of California and the surrounding area. It is also known as the Blue-belly. It is a member of the genus Sceloporus, and therefore is a spiny lizard. More

The taxonomy of the western fence lizard is currently a bit jumbled. Until recently, some six different species were classified. But recent molecular systematics work suggests that there are four clades and eleven genetically separate subspecies. More

The Western Fence Lizard is distributed throughout eastern Oregon, southwest Idaho, all of Nevada, western Utah, Southern California, and northwestern Baja California. A disjunct population occurs on Isla de Cedros; a Pacific Ocean island off of Baja California. More

Name: Western Fence Lizard; Sceloporus occidentalis Size: 13-15 centimeters (5-6 inches) Range: Western U.S. More

Taxonomy for the Western fence lizard has been under much debate. S. occidentalis belong in the order Squamata (snakes and lizards) and the suborder Iguania. The family in which they belong to is still under scrutiny. More

Western Fence Lizard, SCELOPORUS OCCIDENTALIS from the April 26, 2009 Newsletter, issued from the Siskiyou Mountains west of Grants Pass, Oregon: BASKING FENCE LIZARD On warm, sunny days in certain open, rocky areas every few steps you hear rustling More

Western fence lizards or Sceloporus occidentalis live in northeast Washington to the south-central region and south through Oregon and California. More

Around Las Vegas, Western Fence Lizards occur at higher elevations such as up on Mt. Charleston where the easiest place to see them is along the Desert Overlook Trail. Taxonomy: Phrynosomatid Lizard Family (Phrynosomatidae). More

Western Fence lizards and Common sagebrush lizards These two species are very hard to tell apart. Both are small, diurnal, brownish or grayish spiny lizards patterned with spots and chevrons and stripes on the back. More

Western Fence Lizard Show machine tags (0) Hide machine tags (0) Additional Information All rights reserved Anyone can see this photo * Taken in East Garrison, California (map) More

Western Fence Lizard | Southern Sagebrush Lizard | Common Side Blotch Lizard | Black-tailed Brush Lizard | Orange-throated Whiptail | Tiger Whiptail Western Fence Lizard - Western Fence Lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis) Western Fence Lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis) More

A male western fence lizard hangs onto the edge of an old log at Smith Rock State Park A male western fence lizard sunbathes on an old log at Smith Rock State Park Climber I’m not a rock climber but I enjoy watching both the two- and four-legged varieties More

Male Western Fence Lizards have bright blue, sometimes greenish, bellies, and the undersides of their legs are yellow. Females lack this decorative coloring. The scales are keeled and somewhat spiny. Subspecies: There are as many as five subspecies. More

The Western Fence Lizard, Sceloporus occidentalis, is one of the more common if less celebrated animals to share our local environment, and we are lucky for this. More

Western Fence Lizards are common here as they are in so many places, and I had a new wide-zoom lens to try out, so what could I do? Sighting:April 18, 2009San Bernardino National Forest, San Bernardino County, CaliforniaCoast Range Fence Lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis bocourtii) More

Welcome to our western fence lizard webpage for owners and western fence lizard enthusiasts. More

- Western Fence Lizards can attain sizes of around 99 mm snout-vent length (3.9 in.) and 213 mm (8.4 in.) total length (Storm and Leonard 1995). More

Western Fence Lizards have not been reported from these areas or any other area in the Columbia Basin except for these two specimens. More

Common names

Blue-belly in English - English
Lagartija-escamosa del occidente in Spanish - español
Sceloporus occidentalis in Czech - česky
taylori: Sierra Fence Lizard in English - English
western fence lizard in English - English
Western Fence Lizard, Pacific blue-bellied lizard in English - English

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Order : Squamata
Family : Phrynosomatidae
Genus : Sceloporus
Species : Sceloporus occidentalis
Authority : Baird and Girard, 1852