My most recent encounter has the distinction of being the only time I’ve actually seen a fence lizard on a fence.
Instead of the bright blue sides and throat
normally associated with the male Northern Fence Lizard, this individual
displayed only a blue blush in the throat area.
I recently read of research done by biology professor Tracy Langkilde of
Pennsylvania State University in which she states that a high proportion of
female Fence Lizards display some degree of blue coloration. This fact effectively invalidates my previous
assumption that lizards sporting blue coloration had to be males. Limited head bobbing is also practiced by
females of many lizard species, so I’m calling this one a female with weak male
only things passing over this day were Tree Swallows. The lizard glanced up each time one of these
birds came near.
In the 25 years since they were
installed, the posts have become a foundation for a variety of lichens and
mosses. I think this makes them more
attractive to native wildlife such as the Northern Fence Lizard.
She normally pays little attention to my activities.
Her coloration closely
matches that of the garden soil and mulch.
I don’t want to discover that she has been trodden upon, so I’m careful
to watch where I put my feet.
I see her most frequently
darting in and out of the Ashy Sunflower and Prairie Dock thickets.
Here she is taking in the morning sun. She’s totally relaxed and not at all
disturbed by my moving around nearby.
I’m looking forward to having her as a gardening companion through the
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