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Northwestern Fence Lizard - Sceloporus occidentalis occidentalis

Baird and Girard, 1852




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Northwestern Fence Lizard Northwestern Fence Lizard Northwestern Fence Lizard
Adult male, Kittitas County, Washington Adult male, Kittitas County, Washington Adult female,
Klickitat County, Washington
Northwestern Fence Lizard Northwestern Fence Lizard Northwestern Fence Lizard
  Adult male, Klickitat County, Washington  
Northwestern Fence Lizard Northwestern Fence Lizard Northwestern Fence Lizard
Adult, Maury Island,
King County, Washington
Adult, Maury Island,
King County, Washington
Recent hatchling , Maury Island, King County, Washington © Steven Caldwell
Northwestern Fence Lizard Northwestern Fence Lizard  
Adult, Kittitas Couty, Washington  
     
Habitat
Northwestern Fence Lizard habitat Northwestern Fence Lizard habitat Northwestern Fence Lizard habitat
Habitat, beach driftwood, King County, Washington. Habitat, 2,000 ft.,
Kittitas County, Washington
Northwestern Fence Lizard habitat Northwestern Fence Lizard habitat  
Habitat, Klickitat County, Washington Habitat, 300 ft.,
Klickitat County, Washington
 
     
Short Videos
A male Northwestern Fence Lizard defecates off the side of a Butte County fence, wipes himself off, then does a territorial push-up display. I'm not going out of my way trying to film this behavior - I can only take what I get - so here we see another Northwestern Fence Lizard doing his business for the camera. It's like they're trying to tell me something. Two Coast Range Fence Lizards, Sceloporus occidentalis bocourtii, are observed during the breeding season in early May in San Benito County. The first lizard, a female, has moved from her perch on a rock to a nearby rock in order to get away from the photographer. She begins a territorial push-up display when a male comes up the side of the rock and begins to pursue her. She arches her back and hops away in order to reject him. She may have already mated and is bearing eggs, or maybe he is not her type. He finally stops and does a push-up display, possibly to continue trying to entice her, or possibly to warn the photographer that this is his territory.

     
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