Fence Lizards

fence lizards in the wild

The Fence Lizard and its Habitat

Fence lizards are spiny lizards, meaning they have rough pointed scales on their backs. Overall they can range in color from grey to brown. Fence lizards are found in a number of habitats including woodlands, grassland, and shrub lands but they usually prefer places with trees. They spend most of their time in the wild basking in places where there is a lot of sun light such as trees, stumps, and rocks and they crawl into little crevices or go underground during the night to stay away from predators. (this info comes from www.nwf.org)

Fence Lizard diet and how to tell male from male from female

Fence lizard prey includes a number of bugs, such as beetles, ants, moths, grasshoppers, and stink bugs. Males and females can be distinguished by their colors. Females have patterns of black horizontal stripes on their backs. While males have patches of blue on their throats and bellies.

Predators and life history of the fence lizard

Snakes, birds, cats and other reptiles are predators of the fence lizard. The fence lizard makes its escape by running up trees and pausing on the opposite side to avoid being seen.

Reproduction

Male and female fence lizards mate from April to August and quickly go their separate ways. Young females lay only on clutch of eggs per year. But older females can produce up to four clutches. The eggs deposited underneath the soil and hatch after 10 weeks. The offspring receive no parental care, so juvenile morality is high.