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Western Fence Lizard

Sceloporus occidentalis


This little guy was 3" plus his tail almost as long. He has a pretty blue chin and ventral blue markings and yellow under his arms.


From Wikipedia: It is found in grassland, broken chaparral, sagebrush, woodland, coniferous forest, and farmland. This one was found in an urban native plant and succulent garden.


I found this lizard completely torpid, and wondered if it was dead. I put it somewhere safe from my cat and from birds, and an hour later it was gone -- so I guess it was OK.

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Neil Ross
Neil Ross 3 years ago

I like this spotting so much. Who'd have guessed this little fellow was playing possum? Nicely played. I love his colours too. Great spotting, Ava.

Melissa Biehl
Melissa Biehl 3 years ago

I had one of these as a pet when I was a kid. They said it was a “Western Swift”.

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 3 years ago

Hema, I do believe you're right. I'll make the change.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 3 years ago

Hi Ava,this does not look like an alligator lizard .Looks like a Scleropsis sp

Ava T-B
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Ava T-B

San Diego, California, United States

Spotted on Apr 12, 2016
Submitted on Jan 5, 2019

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