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Eastern fence lizards earned their common
name by being conspicuous daytime baskers on the tops of
fence posts and other promontories. Eastern fence lizards
seek these places so they can safely soak up the rays of the
sun each day and also have a great vantage point to watch
for and pounce down upon their main food, insects, and also
to keep a watchful eye open for approaching danger.
The many races are all basically shades of
grey with patterns of stripes, spots or chevrons in black.
Their scales end in spines which give them rough
appearances, but those spines are too small to cause injury
to human hands. Donít handle eastern fence lizards by their
tails Ė they break off easily and wiggle for several minutes
as a defensive strategy to confuse predators. This
information was taken from
Fence Lizards are one of the common
Lizards that we have in Missouri. During Summer
Science Camp our campers will see these Fence Lizards in the
woods sunning on branches and rocks and we will catch some
of them for observation. Fence Lizards can reach up to
7 inches in length and they eat live insects. They are
arboreal climbing to safety on fence posts and trees.
Like many other lizards their tails come off quite easily as
a defense against predators.