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Northwestern Fence Lizard

Sceloporus occidentalis


Western fence lizards measure 5.7-8.9 cm (snout-vent length)[3] and a total length of about 21 cm.[4] They are brown to black in color (the brown may be sandy or greenish) and have black stripes on their backs, but their most distinguishing characteristic is their bright blue bellies. The ventral sides of the limbs are yellow.[5] These lizards also have blue patches on their throats. This bright coloration is faint or absent in both females and juveniles. In some populations the males also display iridescent, bright turquoise blue spots on the dorsal surface. The scales of S. occidentalis are sharply keeled, and between the interparietal and rear of thighs, there are 35-57 scales.-Wikipedia


Spotted sunning on a log in Central Washington.

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Washington, USA

Spotted on May 27, 2017
Submitted on May 28, 2017

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