Western Fence Lizzard
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|Western Fence Lizard, (Sceloporus occidentalis)|
Often seen in the East end of the Columbia River Gorge. Commonly called the blue-belly because it is often seen displaying the blue belly to attract females or drive off male intruders. It bobs its head and flattens its sides, showing off the blue patches.
Description: 6-9 1/4" (15.2-23.5 cm). Spiny; scales on back of thigh abruptly smaller. Scales on back same size as those on sides and belly. Olive, brownish, or black, with pattern of paired blotches or wavy crossbars down back and occasionally some striping. Undersurfaces of legs yellowish-orange. Blue patches on sides of belly; adult male has blue patch on throat.
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This turned out so nicely, I love how red the dirt surrounding him looks. The yellow grasses add to the scene. He looks almost like a dinosaur in this pose. Couldn't have found a more cooperative nature model! Very nice.
Excellent shot, this is quite unusual, as this kind of reptile does not like very much our presence... but I understood through your message to TAZ, that this one had a super-star behaviour ! ;-)
Anyway the pic is perfect, sharp, well-exposed.
Congratulations Julie !
- [2005-07-11 3:25]
Beautiful and interesting shot for this superb lizard ! Colors, details and sharpness are very good ! Thanks for sharing Julie.