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Eastern Fence Lizard
Relatives in same Genus
Sagebrush Lizard (S. graciosus)
Mesquite Lizard (S. grammicus)
Desert Spiny Lizard (S. magister)
Western Fence Lizard (S. occidentalis)
Texas Spiny Lizard (S. olivaceus)
Crevice Spiny Lizard (S. poinsettii)
Blue Spiny Lizard (S. serrifer) ...

Eastern Fence Lizard (Sceloporus undulatus)
Female, Orange Co., NC 7/5/03
A well-marked individual on the side of a railroad rail.

Eastern Fence Lizard
Scientific Name: Sceloporus undulatus
Size: 3.9-7.2 inches (10-18.4 cm) in length
PA Status: Species of special concern ...

Fence lizard in appropriate habitat (Zion NP)
General Description: Plateau Fence Lizard (Sceloporus tristichus) are small lizards (total length to about 6 inches with fairly coarse scales.

A few fence lizards in Contra Costa County.
Two Coast Range Fence Lizards observed during the breeding season in early May in San Benito County. The first lizard, a female, has moved from her perch on a rock to a nearby rock in order to get away from the photographer.

Eastern ~ (Sceloporus undulatus) by: Douthat
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Western ~s aren't picky about whether there's a fence to hang out on. This large male was modelling on the attractive red rocks of Pinnacles National Monument.

[+ ZOOM] ~ Michael Hogan
4" - 7"
Feeds largely on flies and other small insects. Seen running on sand or in stumps, logs, or fences. Common in the Pine Barrens.

Northern ~
(Sceloporus undulatatus hyacinthinus)
DESCRIPTION: 4-7 1/4" (10-18.4 cm). Dark band along rear of thigh. Gray to brown or rusty above, with wavy dark (female) to faint or absent (male) crossbars on back.

Adult male eastern ~s have shiny blue patches underneath.
Photo by JD Willson ...

Based on records in our database, in Shasta County the Western ~ is typically found at all elevations up to 1537m (5042ft). Maximum elevation we have a record for is 1632m (5352ft).
Reproduction and Young
Taxonomy ...

Male ~ by kaptainkory
Near Huntsville, Madison County, Arkansas, USA. . Male.
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Eastern ~ (Sceloporus undulatus)
Texas Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum) - Introduced
Family Teiidae (Racerunners)
Six-Lined Racerunner (Cnemidophorus sexlineatus) ...

Eastern ~
Sceloporus undulates hyacinthinus
Rough scaled. No stripes. Grayish in color and not shiny. Max SVL <3.4 inches (86 mm), total max length 7.2 inches (184 mm).

Sceloporus undulatus hyacinthintus
Unlike skinkcs, ~s belong to a group of rough-scaled reptiles called spiny lizards. They are tree climbers.

Northern ~ - Sceloporus undulatus
Description: 3 ½ - 7 ¼" (9 - 18.5 cm). Color varies from gray to brown. Distinct dark line running along the rear of the thigh. Males have purple to green/blue sides and throat.

The Southern ~, Sceloporus undulatus, is found from north to mid-central Florida. Females and young males are gray with black with white zigzagging patterns on their backs. Adult males are gray to black with have dark blue on the throat and on the sides of the belly.

Common Swift or ~ - Sceloporus undulatus
Horned Toad, Texas Horned Lizard - Phrynosoma cornutum
Crevice Spiny Swift - Sceloporus poinsetti
Granite Spiny Lizard - Sceloporus orcutti
Mexican Emerald Swift - Sceloporus malachiticus ...

eastern ~ (Sceloporous undulatus)
eastern garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis)
eastern glass lizard (Ophisaurus ventralis)
eastern hognose snake (Heterodon platyrhinos)
eastern kingsnake (Lampropeltis getula getula)
eastern milksnake (Lampropeltis triangulum triangulum) ...

~s and five-lined skinks can easily be found on dry forested hillsides or around old buildings. Ground skinks are common in localized areas, though they are difficult to find because of their secretive nature. Broad-heads and coal skinks are more difficult to find.

Rub a pinky with a small lizard such as an anole, swift, or ~, to transfer some of the scent. Place a moistened section of a skin or shed skin from a lizard on the head and back of a pre-killed pinky.

Kahn [25] reported that western ~s (Sceloporus occidentalis) survived a serious chaparral fire by remaining in the soil beneath rocks.

See also: See also: What is the meaning of Lizard, Western Fence Lizard, Reptile, Snake, Sagebrush Lizard?

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