fence lizard closeupReptiles & Amphibians

Fence Lizard
Sceloporus undulatus

juvenile fence lizardYou'll find this gray spiny lizard basking in the late autumn sun, perched atop fence posts or rocky outcrops. As you approach, it abruptly darts to the nearest tree and hides on the far side of its trunk. If disturbed again, it dashes upward and around a second time. Because of this quick departure, lots of people call these lizards fence swifts. If you're lucky enough to catch one, you may glimpse the turquoise underside of the male's belly and throat. Dark wavy lines on their backs distinguish females. A true bug-eating wonder, this reptile is an astounding addition to any backyard garden.


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