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Eastern Fence Lizard

Eastern fence lizards are medium-sized lizards occurring in the eastern United States. They are diurnal.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Iguania
    Family Phrynosomatidae
    Genus Sceloporus
    Scientific Name Sceloporus undulatus


    Other Names Prairie Lizard, Gray Lizard, Fence Swift, Northern Fence Lizard, Pine Lizard
    Length 4.0 to 7.5 in
    Color Gray or brown with a dark line running along the back of the thigh; females are generally gray with a series of wavy, dark lines across the back, white belly with small black spots, throat and belly has some pale blue coloration; males are generally brown and during summer has more greenish-blue and black coloration on the throat and sides of the belly than females
    Distribution Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Southern Indiana, Tennessee, Missouri, West Virginia, Mississippi, Delaware, southern New Jersey
    Habitat Forest edges, rotting logs, rock piles, stumps
    Diet Beetles, ants,  grasshoppers, moths, spiders, stink bugs
    Hibernation Fact Hibernates during winter
    Predators Snakes, birds, cats, dogs, larger lizards
    Breeding Season Spring
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 3 to 16 eggs
    Incubation Period Around 10 weeks
    Reproductive Age 1 year of age
    Average Lifespan 4 to 5 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on October 21st 2016 by under Lizards. Article was last reviewed on 13th January 2018.

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