“We have the same lizards here in Caldwell County. I looked them up and and they are called Eastern fence lizards. They are also called Prairie lizards, Fence Swifts, or Gray Lizards. The scientific name is Sceloporus Undalatus. If you are really bored and take they time to watch them, the males of the group will sprint a short distance and stop and do push-ups. The article I was reading about them said they are trying to impress the females with a show of strength and telling the males to get out of their territory.”
“Yes, that is a small Eastern Fence Lizard, also known as a Swift Lizard – they are very fast runners. They are closely related to the horned toads of the west. I have seen them on the retaining wall at my house. One time I saw one on the top of the wall and tried to move close to it for a better look. I saw it take off, then it was gone. I looked around and saw it about 10 feet up the side of my house, which was about 10 feet away horizontally, too. It seemed to have moved about 20 feet in a split second.”
“We had one that was kinda tame, and you could hand-feed it and sometimes it would come in the backdoor and look around then go back outside. I always liked them.”
Appalachia Through My Eyes – A series of photographs from my life in Southern Appalachia.