This lizard lives in our backyard garden. Can anyone ID him for me? Thanks for your time and efforts.
Kazzu from Monte Rio, CA
Since the western fence lizard is the most common in California and that is where we live, that is probably what it is. They vary in color. One has a blue belly. One of my sons always caught them and examined them and let them go.
Great answer to my question...checked out on the 'net, and this IS my lizard - - a Western Fence Lizard. Thank you SO much, Har'iet, for your help, and links!!
Sounds like this guy is a good guy to have around! I just read the Wikipedia article and here's an excerpt:
It is thought that the presence of western fence lizards diminishes the danger of transmission of Lyme disease by ticks. The incidence of Lyme disease is lower in areas where the lizards occur, and it has been found that when ticks carrying Lyme disease feed on these lizards (which they commonly do, especially around their ears), the bacteria that cause the disease are killed.
He is a horned garden lizard.
I also found this site.
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