I found my cat playing with this today. I took it away from him because I'd never seen one of these before and didn't know if it might be toxic. Is it an Eastern Fence Lizard? I did a search and that's the closest thing I could find.
Silly thing can hop like a frog. That's what I thought it was until I got right up on top of it.
I just call them fence lizards. I always yell at the cats when they drag one up mortally wounded, so I don't think they are terribly toxic. My kids love catching them, petting them, and letting them go again.
Yeah, I have those blue tailed skinks around and have heard that they are toxic and that they can cause neurological symptoms. My current vet said his old cat used to eat them all the time with no problems so I guess it's hit or miss.
Back to this lizard... Are they common? I've never seen one before. Thought he was pretty cool looking, though. My house seems to be lizard city these days. They are everywhere! The first year I lived here, it was frogs. Now it's lizards.