7-fence-lizard

by on July 20, 2012

 

 

This western (or "Coast Range") fence lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis) is hunkered at the entrance to a burrow, apparently basking in the sun. The cryptic coloration of its back blends fairly well with the gravelly background. The black markings on the dorsal scales suggest a female; males have blue on the vent, so are commonly known as "blue-bellies."

 

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