|REPTILES OF THE METRO AREA
Eastern Fence Lizard (Sceloporus undulatus)
The subspecies of fence lizard found in our area is also known as the Northern Fence Lizard
(Sceloporus undulatus hyacinthinus). This lizard is often seen basking in the sun on tree trunks or
fallen logs, where the lizard's brown and black markings provide a camouflage to protect it from
hungry birds. Fence lizards are fast moving and when they are approached they often dart up a
tree trunk to escape out of reach. They grow up to about six inches in length. They are
insectivorous, eating small insects.