The Eastern Fence Lizard may average from 4 to 7 inches in length. Adult males have their belly partly covered with iridescent greenish blue scales. Portions of the underside of the neck are also iridescent. I quote Bernard S. Martof, et al from the book Amphibians and Reptiles of the Carolinas and Virginia: “Emergence from hibernation occurs with warm sunny weather in March. Courting males are territorial and defend against rival males by bobbing their heads and standing high to display their bright belly colors.”
In my opinion, the present population of local eastern fence lizards seems about the same as it has been from years past. Since this species feeds on insects, it isn't surprising that there is no shortage of food. Eastern fence lizards are non-venomous. Courageous, youthful humans value them as playful creatures. (See also further information.)
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