Lizard
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Western Fence Lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis). This is the common "blue-bellied" lizard of the western states. It is found in a variety of habitats including suburban neighborhoods. This aptly named lizard enjoys sitting on prominent points,
like fence posts, where it can sun itself, and watch for food and predators. Like many species of lizards, this one is able
to change its general coloration to match its background. Its diet consists of insects and various other arthropods. Unfortunately, its love of high places makes it easy prey for snakes, hawks, and predaceous mammals.

Males perform certain behaviors when they are courting females or defending their territory from other males.
These include jerky pushups and head bobbing.

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