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My brother had a spring bear tag, so I went along on a 5.5 mile hike in Oregon's coast range this morning; I'll sleep good tonight. The most interesting critters we saw were a couple of Western Fence Lizards. Both were predominately black- I figured they weren't melanistic, but changed colors to better absorb the morning sun, but I checked online to be sure. Yep- that was the case. Something else Wiki taught me- they have a protein in their blood that kills the bacterium behind Lyme disease, so areas with bluebellies (common nickname for the lizard) have a lower prevalence of the disease. How cool is that?
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Yesterday was a great day for for lizards in the yard.
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This guy was HUGE ... About 2 metres from his hips to his nose, not counting his tail.

By far the biggest goanna (monitor lizard) I have ever seen here.

At the Healesville Sanctuary, Melbourne.

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Look at the blue belly!
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Western Fence Lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis), probably Great Basin subspecies (Sceloporus occidentalis longipes).
 
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It's a western fence lizard party!
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Came across a rather large gopher snake on a remote dirt road...looked to be every bit of 5 ft. long and a robust, healthy snake.
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