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Western Fence Lizard
One of my companions along Bridge Mountain-North Peak route.
Red Rocks, Nevada. May 2008.

Western Fence Lizards (Sceloporus occidentalis biseriatus) are very common in Red Rocks. Their color ranges from light gray to black. They are often also called "Blue-bellies" or "Swifts".
Interesting fact: It has been discovered that when ticks caring Lyme disease feed on the western fence lizard the bacteria that cause Lyme disease are killed. In areas where western fence lizards occur the incidents of Lyme disease are lower.

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cp0915Great trivia

cp0915

Voted 10/10

Fantastic picture, and the Lyme disease info is comforting. Go, Western Fence Lizard, go!
Posted May 27, 2008 11:22 am

Anya JingleRe: Great trivia

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Thank you. I remember back in 2005 both Red Rocks and Lake Mead seemed to be infested with ticks. We would always finish the day with several ticks walking on our clothes. Grose! But, recently it's been good. I haven't seen any :)
Posted May 27, 2008 2:25 pm

cp0915Re: Great trivia

cp0915

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Yeah, I've come away pretty clean myself this year. Had quite a few when I was on Davidson Peak a couple months ago.
Posted May 27, 2008 5:40 pm

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Anya JingleSubmitted by Anya Jingle
on May 27, 2008 3:00 am

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