Males with larger blue patches are more likely to be preyed on by birds. As a result, males have a high mortality rate during early spring when they are establishing mating territories. Females have a higher mortality rate during the period of egg-laying, because they are protecting their territory, making them more susceptible to predators. Larger lizard species, snakes, and domestic cats and dogs also eat eastern fence lizards. Eastern fence lizards are slower than other lizards, often giving predators. Eastern fence lizards are cryptically colored and can move quite rapidly when they are warm.
- predatory birds (Aves)
- blue racers (Coluber constrictor)
- rat snakes (Pantherophis obsoletus)
- prairie kingsnakes (Lampropeltis calligaster)
- cottonmouths (Agkistrodon contortrix)
- domestic dogs (Canis lupus familiaris)
- domestic cats (Felis domesticus)
- larger lizard species (Squamata)
Anti-predator Adaptations: cryptic
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