Fence Lizard

an Eastern Fence Lizard

Eastern Fence Lizard

I saw this Eastern Fence Lizard (Sceloporus undulatus) lookiing at me across a twig.


When it became convinced that I was not a danger it continued on to sprawl out on a rock. I happened to photograph it while this ant was crossing the lizard’s tail.

Eastern Fence lizards are also called Fence Swifts. If you encounter one in the woods, it will usually climb up a tree trunk to escape. If you try to circle around the tree to get a look at the lizard, it will move around so that it stays on the opposite side of the tree from you..




Fence Lizard — 2 Comments

  1. We had a nature experience yesterday. An immature Red-tailed hawk was in the tree outside of the breakfast room—for quite a long time. Ignored a squirrel and some birds that came near it. Then suddenly it swooped down into our pond and snagged a frog. Ate it and went back up into the tree to watch for more, I suppose. He was back this morning looking for another snack. One year we put a net over the pond because a Great Blue Heron kept coming to it for goldfish, but then we caught a hawk in the net. Campbell put on heavy wood carrying gloves and freed it, but he sure doesn’t want to do that again. No more nets! Cute lizard!