Species group: Swifts and Spiny Lizards
Other common names: Blue-belly Lizard
Scientific name: Sceloporus occidentalis
The Western Fence Lizard, commonly known as the "blue-belly lizard", is a member of the spiny lizard family and is found in the western United States. The Western Fence Lizard is very common throughout its range, and can often be found sunning itself on rocks, fences and in trees. There are six recognized sub-species of Sceloporus occidentalis.
Appearance / health:
The Western Fence Lizard is 7.5 to 11 inches in total length. They are brown to black in color and have a distinctive blue belly. The adult male also has blue coloring on its throat. They have long toes and sharp claws for climbing.
simple pet, vibrantly colored bellies, smaller children, good pets
parasites, wild lizards, picky eater, large enclosure
Bluebellies, highprotein diet, Southern California, pushups, aridland denizens
The Rock, The Workout Partner That is No Longer
It is with great sadness that my workout buddy has passed. I called him the Rock, mainly because that's where he would always be perched. I could count on him to rest his tiny frame on the rock and accompany me with my morning workouts. His favorite exercise aside from running, climbing, and scurrying was push-ups. It's the reason his arms were so solid and he was so agile. Well, that, and his high-protein diet. We're not sure what happened exactly I returned home from work one afternoon as usual and let the dog out so he could alleviate and that's when we found him lying there on his spiny back, dead.
We gave him a proper burial much to the lament of our cat Bear.
One thing that's true about having pets is how often we're reminded to treasure the time that we do have..
From Darren Cooper Sep 14 2013 9:14PM
A "Classic" Alert, Speedy, Insect-Eating Lizard
The Western fence lizard and its relatives are also called “swifts” – and you need observe them only a short time (or try to catch an escapee!) to see how fitting that name is. These arid-land denizens have much to recommend them, but they will thrive only in a large enclosure (a 55 gallon tank is ideal for a pair or trio) that offers plenty of rock and driftwood perches and hideaways, hot basking temperatures (95-100 F), and access to high levels of UVB.
Ever alert for predators and prey, fence lizards tend to remain high-strung in captivity, and are best thought of as pets to observe rather than handle. Captive-born individuals may adapt to some handling, but unfortunately many in the trade are wild-caught. However, given proper care, many will reproduce – several bear live young, which translates into much less work for the aspiring lizard breeder!
A varied diet comprised of roaches, crickets, hornworms, sow bugs, butter worms, lab-reared houseflies and wild-caught insects, along with vitamin/mineral supplements, is essential to their well-being; crickets and mealworms alone, even if supplemented with vitamins, will not provide adequate nutrition..
From findiviglio Nov 16 2015 3:22PM