I started seeing Lizards about the third week of February here in the Ouachitas of Arkansas. Photographing Lizards in February are different for me since this is usually a very cold month. It has been very warm and I have seen flowers and trees blooming with lots of insects showing up including Butterflies. Having record breaking warm weather in February makes me wonder what kind of summer we will have.
Sight is very important for most lizards, both for locating prey and for communication, and, as such, many lizards have highly acute color vision. Most lizards rely heavily on body language, using specific postures, gestures, and movements to define territory, resolve disputes, and entice mates. Some species of lizards also use bright colors, such as the iridescent patches on the belly of Sceloporus. These colors would be highly visible to predators, so are often hidden on the underside or between scales and only revealed when necessary.
The lizard will partially regenerate its tail over a period of weeks. A 2014 research identified 326 genes involved in the regeneration of lizard tails. The new section will contain cartilage rather than bone, and the skin may be distinctly discolored compared to the rest of the body.
The above photo is of a Prairie Lizard (Fence Lizard). Eastern fence lizards mate in spring, and lay 3 to 16 eggs in late spring or early summer. The young hatch in summer and fall. (Wikipedia)
This is a very common and abundant lizard species in Arkansas.
This common species holds no special status in Arkansas. In fact, it is relatively common in parks and even in backyards. Human disturbances, such as rock walls, rock piles, and log piles may actually enhance the habitat for this species. They are just fast enough to prove difficult to catch by curious youngsters. (Herps of Arkansas)