Sunning Side-Blotched Lizard

Male side-blotched lizard (?? see comments), Dinosaur National Monument.

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Deb

Deb - Jan 25, 2007 9:05 pm - Voted 10/10

Cute

I'd like to have one of those in my yard. :)

Arthur Digbee

Arthur Digbee - Jan 25, 2007 9:15 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Cute

Me too, mostly because I wish my yard were someplace else. :(

Anya Jingle

Anya Jingle - Feb 10, 2007 1:02 am - Voted 10/10

Western fence lizard?

Nice photo. I love these little "dinos" ;) I think this might be a Side-blotched Lizard though. Side-blotched Lizards have a black spot on the side of the body just behind the front legs.
How big was he?
I assume it is a male based on the bulge at the base of his tail and his blue coloration.

Arthur Digbee

Arthur Digbee - Feb 10, 2007 1:36 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Western fence lizard?

Thanks for the comment, and the second opinion on the species. This ID has been bugging me.

He does look more like this:
http://coloherp.org/geo/species/speutst.php

But not like any of these four:
http://www.wildherps.com/species/U.stansburiana.html

or this:
http://dwrcdc.nr.utah.gov/rsgis2/Search/Display.asp?FlNm=utaxstan

But maybe those are females.

Anya Jingle

Anya Jingle - Feb 10, 2007 3:50 am - Voted 10/10

Re: Western fence lizard?

Side-blotched females look quite different from males. I know from experience that identification of small lizards can be tough. I have asked one of our local biologist to help me identify some of the lizards in my slideshow and a few I was not sure what they were turned out to be Side-blotched females. You can check out the slideshow here: Lizards around Las Vegas

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