Fence Lizard
Sceloporus undulatus

Fence Lizards are abundantly found throughout South Carolina. Their range extends from New Jersey through Florida and west to eastern Kansas to eastern Texas. There are two subspecies found in South Carolina. The Northern Fence Lizard, Sceloporus u. hyacinthinus, is found in the northern 2/3 of the state. The Southern Fence Lizard, Sceloporus u. undulatus , is found in the southern 1/3 of the state.

Fence Lizards are strongly arboreal lizards of 5 to 7 inches in total length. The males have large dark-blue patches on their bellies.

The male lizard pictured herein has had its tail broken off. The tail has healed, but failed to regenerate.

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updated: January 18, 2006
Contact: South Carolina Reptiles and Amphibians