Got fence lizards (“blue bellies”) living in your yard?
The Western fence lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis), often called a “blue belly” because of the blue markings on the bellies of the males, photographed here by my good friend Brian Murphy of Walnut Creek, is a very common California lizard.
While working in my Benicia, Calif., garden the other day, I spotted five blue bellies patrolling my backyard garden boxes. That many lizards can gobble up more bugs every day than a whole can of nasty pesticide spray.
I’ve landscaped my backyard with attractive little rock piles that these lizards like to use as hiding places. And now I have this little troop of beautiful reptiles living and working here as my private bug patrol.
Do you have fence lizards in your own back or front yards? How many?
Please leave a comment/reply/response below, listing the approx. number of fence lizards in your yard, the nearest cross streets, and the city where you live (and any other comments about your lizards you’d like to share).
I’m curious to see what kind of fence lizard population we’ve got going here in our little Bay Area suburban wilderness (aka our backyards).