A Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of California
Comparison of Western Fence Lizards - Sceloporus occidentalis,
with Sagebrush Lizards - Sceloporus graciosus,
Found in California
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These species look very much alike. Both are small brownish lizards with keeled "spiny" scales that reach about the same length of 3.5 inches (9 cm) but there are a few obvious differences that can be observed close-up.
Fence Lizards have larger keeled scales on the back than Sagebrush Lizards.