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fence lizard

noun
1.
either of two spiny lizards, Sceloporus undulatus and S. occidentalis, of the U.S. and northern Mexico, often seen on fences.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70, Americanism
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  • If a predator grabs a western fence lizard by its tail, it will detach it and run away.
  • Northern fence lizard and five-lined skink scatter along the forest floor as well.

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