Roger & Western Fence Lizard (Sceloporus Occidentalis)

Roger & Shedding Western Fence Lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis) On Shoulder

Roger has a way with bugs. We have often called him a “bug whisperer” because of his ability to capture butterflies and their subsequent willingness to simply hang out on his hands, shirt, head, whatever as if it were a perfectly normal thing for a bug to do.

As he has gotten older, his fascination has expanded to include frogs, lizards, and turtles.

Roger captured this fine lizard around the house in Seaside, CA (near Monterey) that we stayed in over the weekend. Wonderful house.

Dessert climate, but across the street from the Frog Pond Wetland Preserve. More on that in a moment.

Shedding Western Fence Lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis)

As best as we can tell, this lizard is an example of a Western Fence Lizard (Sceloporus Occidentalis) or one of its subspecies.

Blue Belly of Shedding Western Fence Lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis)

The distinctive blue belly gives strong indication of both the species and that it is likely a male.

This particular lizard was in the midst of shedding.

The western fence lizard is common throughout the sub-6,000 feet of elevation areas of the west and northwest.

These lizards are commonly fed upon by ticks. However, they are not a transmission vector for Lyme disease. Instead, the lizards carry some kind of natural anti-bacterial agent that kills the lime disease in the ticks!

Areas with western fence lizards, and subspecies, have a notable reduction in the number of lyme infected ticks.

A very good lizard to have around!



3 Responses to “Roger & Western Fence Lizard (Sceloporus Occidentalis)”

  1. annbb says:

    Looks like loads of fun…wish we’d been there!

  2. John C. Randolph says:

    I used to see those lizards all over the place when I lived up in the hills in Santa Cruz, but I never managed to get any closer than about ten feet or so before they’d bolt. I guess Roger has some skill at appearing non-threatening to very small creatures.

    -jcr

  3. Lenore says:

    These hang out in our yard. They’re darling and wonderful. I’ve counted as many as five individuals, but they are pretty skittish around us. Kudos to Roger for his abilities with animals!

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