Western Fence Lizard

The western fence lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis) is a common lizard of California and the surrounding area. Because the ventral abdomen of an adult is characteristically blue, it is also known as the blue-belly.

It is a member of the genus Sceloporus (the spiny lizards).

Read more about Western Fence LizardTaxonomy, Identification, Distribution and Habitat, Behavior, Reproduction, Lyme Disease

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Western Fence Lizard - Lyme Disease
... have shown that Lyme disease is lower in areas where the lizards occur ... When ticks carrying Lyme disease feed on these lizards' blood (which they commonly do, especially around their ears), a protein in their blood kills the bacterium that causes Lyme disease ...

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