Leaping Lizards………in my Backyard
This is a male Western Fence Lizard aka “Blue Belly” and is common in the southwestern United States.
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.
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.
I guess this means there is more lizards in my yard!
They eat ticks, crickets, spiders, and flies and hopefully grasshoppers too. Last year, grasshoppers killed my plant so I do not like them.
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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