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Eastern Fence Lizard

Well, today’s post is fairly unique for me.  I like to mix it up a bit so here it is!  I was out sight seeing at a local overlook and lo and behold, there on a rock outcropping, was a lizard.  This lizard was getting warm and enjoying basking in the sun on that rock.  It is colored so that it blends in with the color of that stone.  That is an adaptation to help protect it from being eaten by predators.  Many lizards actually change their skin tone a bit to blend in with the  object that they are climbing on.  The lizard will cause its own tail to be separated from its body and left behind if a predator tries to grab it.  That is a protective measure of last resort.  Lizards eat small insects.  The lizard in these pictures was about five inches long.  This lizard just froze while I was near and after I walked off, it ran for the shrubbery.  Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger photo.  Enjoy!

Comments on: "Eastern Fence Lizard" (6)

  1. Well, I would say this is perfect camoglauge! How nice that he stayed to pose for you. But then again, if he would have moved, his cover would have been broken!

  2. Hi Linda, I haven’t seen any lizards around here this summer—but I’ve seen them in past… You got some great pictures. I like to mix my blogs up a little also—to keep things interesting… You are doing a great job.


  3. Cool lizard! I would not have thought ones like that would live in your area. After living so many years in the desert, I miss seeing them here.

    • Hi Montucky, I imagine that you do occasionally miss the desert. I know I enjoy an occasional time in the desert but that is now mostly an in-transit to CA from TN by car and very infrequent at that! Have a great day!

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