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Photograph by David A. Northcott/Corbis
Western Fence Lizard

Sceloporus occidentalis



First Noted by Expedition
April 24, 1806, near Roosevelt, Klickitat County, Washington.
 

Description
Spiny; scales on back of thigh abruptly smaller. Scales on back same size as those on sides and belly. Olive, brownish, or black, with pattern of paired blotches or wavy crossbars down back and occasionally some striping. Undersurfaces of legs yellowish orange. Blue patches on sides of belly; adult male has blue patch on throat. Length: 6-9.25 in (15.2-23.5 cm).
 

Habitat
Rocky and mixed forest areas from sea level to above 9,000 ft (2,700 m). Adapts to wide variety of conditions but not to desert. Frequents stone fences, fence posts, old buildings.
 

Range
Central Idaho south through Nevada and west to the Pacific coast.
 

Note
Species information from enature.com
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