Name: Western Fence Lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis)
Other names: blue-belly
Order: Lizard (Squamata)
Family: Spiny Lizards (Phrynosomatidae)
Description: Western fence lizards are medium-sized lizards that can be up to 8.4 inches long. Their back and limbs are covered in spiny gray, tan, or brown scales with darker waves or blotches. Their underside is white or yellow, although adult males have large bright blue patches surrounded by black on their belly and throat.
Habitat: Most western fence lizards live in California but they can also be found in Oregon, Nevada, the Columbia River Gorge (between Washington and Oregon), southwestern Idaho, western Utah, and northwestern Baja California. Habitats include grassland, sagebrush, broken chaparral, woodland, coniferous forest, and even farmland. Tend to avoid dense moist forests and harsh deserts.
Diet: Western fence lizards feed on beetles, ants, flies, caterpillars, and spiders.
Reproduction: Between April and July, females lay a single clutch of 3 to 17 eggs, which hatch 2 months afterwards.
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