Leaping Lizards………in my Backyard

Leaping Lizards………in my Backyard

 

This is a male Western Fence Lizard aka “Blue Belly” and is common in the southwestern United States.

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I took about 20 pictures and there was a big square blue patch on the side of his neck. I thought it was a camera glitch until I looked it up and found its markings have a blue throat and belly.

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It stopped and did some push-ups on the fence and then some throat extensions. Looking this up, it means the lizard is marking his territory from other lizards in the area.

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I guess this means there is more lizards in my yard!

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They eat ticks, crickets, spiders, and flies and hopefully grasshoppers too. Last year, grasshoppers killed my plant so I do not like them.

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He looks really long but really he is only about 8” total from head to tail.  He stopped to let me take a lot of pictures and did not see me as a threat. But finally he took off to probably find some tasty insects for dinner.

These pictures taken in Loma Linda, CA.

 

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Comment balloon 25 commentsKristin Hamilton CA Realtor • March 28 2012 09:56AM

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Great catch Kristin! When the lizards are leaping, it is a sure sign that Spring is here!

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Prado Real Estate South) over 7 years ago

Hi Kristin, we have plenty of lizards but no blue bellies...thanks for sharing with us.

Posted by Ronald DiLalla, No. Orange Cty Real Estate (Century 21 Discovery DRE 01813824) over 7 years ago

I have never heard of the blue belli lizards.  I hate when showing property they go running across the walks. They make me cringe. They are so fast and so slimy looking.

Betty

Posted by Team Honeycutt (Allen Tate) over 7 years ago

Well as interesting as they may be,  I'm glad they aren't in my yard.  Ha!! 

thanks for posting the photos they are great.

 

Patricia Aulson/ Seacoast NH & ME REALTOR

Posted by Patricia Aulson, Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes (BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate ) over 7 years ago

Hi Wanda,

I am always glad to see them in the yard as it is a good sign they are keeping the insects under control. Spring is leaping all over.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) over 7 years ago

Hi Ronald,

I thought it was a camera glitch at first, like a shadow from the sun. But when I saw the blue on his underside, I realized he was a blue belly. I think he is sort of cute.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) over 7 years ago

Hi Betty,

We have them here since it is hot so I have gotten used to them except....when I find them in one of my empty homes and I have to get the broom to sweep them outside. Sometimes they run off never to be seen again until the new owner arrives.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) over 7 years ago

Hi Patricia,

Last spring and summer I had this cute little black lizard in my flower bed. He was only about 1-1.5 inches long and not too afraid of me. So I started leaving the dead insects I found on the bricks surrounding the flower bed. I would go back and see that the insects was gone and I suspected he had eaten it. I even gave him my bad grasshoppers too. I was looking for him this spring but I guess he has grown up and moved on. Life moves on even for lizards. Thanks for stopping.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) over 7 years ago

Kristin - Haven't seen any lizards around these parts yet.  Maybe our high desert nights are still too cold for them to be out and about???  Cool photos!

Posted by John McCormack, CRS, Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me! (Albuquerque Homes Realty) over 7 years ago

Hi John,

Yes we will start seeing snakes too! EEK!!! I felt like this lizard knew me so I am thinking maybe this was my little baby lizard from last summer. He let me get right up near him and take pictures. I was happy he let me get up right in his face...like he knew me.

 

He was headed out of the yard and I said "NO, come back and eat the bad insects in my flower beds and pots."

 

 

 

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) over 7 years ago

Great pictures Kristin.  We have those same lizards here.  I remember catching Blue Bellies as a kid. 

Posted by Jim Patton, Realtor - Stanislaus ,Merced, San Joaquin Counties ( Aspire Home Real Estate 209-404-0816) over 7 years ago

Kristin, Those are some great photos of the lizard!  Hope that you have a great afternoon!

Posted by Tony & Darcy Cannon, The C Team (Aubrey and Associates Realty) over 7 years ago

Hi Jim,

 When I was determining the specie, I saw pictures of the lizards turned over and they are very blue underneath. Thanks for stopping and glad I brought back some childhood memories.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) over 7 years ago

Hi Tony and Darcy,

I am glad you liked my photos. I like to work in the garden so I am not afraid of lizards and realize they are my friends and do not hurt us. Of course, I am not sure I would want to run around catching them. Thanks for stopping and have a great afternoon too.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) over 7 years ago

Neat. We have horny toads from time to time and salamanders, but that is it for similar critters.

Posted by Than Maynard, Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862 (Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma) over 7 years ago

Hi Than,

Those horny toads are scary looking to me. If I was out gardening or hiking, I think I would leave them alone. Our lizards are good and they eat the bad insects that try to kill all our plants. For that, I am grateful. We also have praying mantis who eat the insects as well but they are weird looking.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) over 7 years ago

Kristin,

Nice sized little critter. Looks like he has a dry skin issue. :)

Steve

Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) over 7 years ago

Kristen, your lizard is pretty amazing, and he's cute enough to be a pet!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Great pictures and info on this lizard and you sure caught the blue belly and throat.  Easy lizard to name!  Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.

Sue of Robin and Sue

Posted by Robin Dampier REALTOR®, Hendersonville & Western NC Real Estate Source (Coldwell Banker King) over 7 years ago

Hi Steve,

 You are so funny. If I catch him, I will put some lotion on his back. Thanks for stopping and have a great weekend.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) over 7 years ago

Hi Patricia,

 I am thinking this might be the same one that was  a baby in my flower bed last year, he was so cute and only about 1 inch long. I used to give him dead insects I found. I would lay them on the bricks and come back a little later and find the insect gone. I think this little guy might remember that and perhaps that is why he was not afraid of me.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) over 7 years ago

Hi Sue,

Thanks so much for stopping and I am glad you enjoyed my pictures and information. Sometimes my camera really surprises me and the pictures come out perfect.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) over 7 years ago

Nice shots Kristin - not a fan of lizards but great shots!

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) over 7 years ago

 

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Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) over 7 years ago

Hi Debra,

This is certainly a compliment considering you do not like lizards! It is nice to see that you can put your inner feelings aside and be impartial. Thanks for the feature in your group, Active Rain Animal Photography, one of my favorites. I think you will like what I am posting today!

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) over 7 years ago

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