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Lizard watching: Anolis carolinensis

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God, I love stormy mornings. The air is so soft and cool, and the dark skies are beautiful. I know it'd be crap to drive in, but sitting at home, gazing outside, it's lovely.

I was making dinner last night when fosteronfilm called me over to the window with much excitement. I dropped what I was doing to discover we had a gorgeous little green lizard perched on one of the branches right outside the window overlooking our backyard. So I grabbed the camera and started clicking. Isn't he fantastic?

After the camera-clicking frenzy (and dinner), I Googled him. He's a Green Anole, Anolis carolinensis. He's welcome to stick around and make our backyard his home, and so are any of his lizard friends.


I'm not sure if he could see us through the window.


He was an athletic little guy. We saw him jump from one tree to another.


Matthew first noticed him when he was displaying his bright pink dewlap. This was the best picture I could get of him showing it off.


And here's one of Hobkin, who was supremely uninterested in us oohing and aahing out the window.



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On June 21st, 2005 12:02 pm (UTC), horrordiva commented:
Wow, simply gorgeous! You took some incredible pics!!! I like the one where it would seem he could see you...but who know??
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On June 21st, 2005 02:21 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Thanks! I took a slew of blurry, unfocused ones too. Had to turn off the flash or I would've gotten glare off the window (and probably freaked out Mr. Lizard), so I had to hold my breath when I pressed down the shutter so my hand wouldn't shake. I'm really pleased with how many turned out good. I love digital cameras!
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On June 21st, 2005 12:08 pm (UTC), dude_the commented:
"Life is like an anole. Sometimes it's green. Sometimes it's brown. But it's always a small South American lizard."

Hunh. Guess it's sometimes North American, too. ;)
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On June 21st, 2005 02:18 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Lizard lizard lizard. And actually, Mr. Lizard went from a sort of brownish-green in the shade to the bright green I got in the pix in the sun.
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On June 21st, 2005 12:19 pm (UTC), terracinque commented:
Amazing photos. You must have a great zoom on your camera.

How big was the critter?
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On June 21st, 2005 02:01 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Our camera's a Coolpix. Nothing fancy, but it does have a nice optical zoom. Mr. Lizard was right outside our window, as in an inch away from the glass. If the window hadn't been there, I could've breathed on him!

"How big was the critter?"

From tail to nose tip, I'm thinking he was five or six inches--cute lil guy.
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On June 21st, 2005 12:48 pm (UTC), jagnightwalker commented:
I've always secretly wished that I lived somewhere where lizards were part of the animal population. Lucky duck!
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On June 21st, 2005 02:05 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Hee. Thanks! I'm always thrilled whenever we see wildlife in our backyard. On the non-avian front, we seem to get primarily the slow-moving non-mammalian variety--lizards, toads, and the occasional turtle. I'd LOVE to get squirrels and chipmunks.
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On June 21st, 2005 02:15 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Thank you! I just love our backyard!
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On June 21st, 2005 01:10 pm (UTC), groundbyground commented:
Hobkin so rocks my world.
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On June 21st, 2005 02:14 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
He rocks mine too, the little fuzzbump.
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On June 21st, 2005 01:50 pm (UTC), mtfay commented:
God I hope Candi never notices a lizard. I have enough trouble keeping her from chasing the hummingbirds that hover right in front of her nose, teasing her. :P

Of course, in California, any lizard she is likely to find will be a poisonous snake, so that would be bad anyway.
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On June 21st, 2005 02:13 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Once, Hobkin caught a lizard in the house and really freaked me out. It was much smaller than the anole, at least I think it was. It was quite chewed up by the time I managed to get it away from him.

I know there are hummingbirds in this part of Georgia, but I haven't seen any in our backyard. I'd love to have hummingbirds!
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On June 21st, 2005 02:09 pm (UTC), nmsunbear commented:
What an awesome lizard! I want one. ;)
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On June 21st, 2005 02:13 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
I hope Mr. Lizard invites his friends over!
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On June 21st, 2005 02:30 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
I saw my very first live preying mantis our first spring in this house. He was clinging to the screen in our sunroom. I haven't seen one since, but I was all glowy afterward. I love living where there's such lush variety in wildlife.
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On June 21st, 2005 03:09 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Oh, goodie, goodie. A Hobkin pic! Warm fuzzies happening!

What a handsome lizard. Our lizards are cute, but a very bland gray with a few yellow stripes. They also don't have the nifty come-hither dewlap thing. My guess is Mr. Anole was either telling another male to get lost or trying to get some lovin'.

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On June 21st, 2005 04:01 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
I hope he was doing a hot-and-horny lizard display and that his theoretical courtship efforts were successful. I'd love to have a bunch of baby green anoles in our backyard!
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On June 21st, 2005 03:21 pm (UTC), martinhesselius commented:
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On June 22nd, 2005 12:53 am (UTC), eugie replied:
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On June 22nd, 2005 03:21 am (UTC), ex_angeldove677 commented:
WOW!!!
Beautiful lizard.

He looks like a Gecko, don't you think? I wish we have pretty lizard like yours here. They're so unusual.
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On June 22nd, 2005 01:09 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Re: WOW!!!
He's actually more like a chameleon than a gecko, although he's got the same sort of sticky feet. He was so cute!
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On June 22nd, 2005 08:19 am (UTC), dionycheaus commented:
I know from my friend that had some as a child that anoles (the little ones we had here, at least, and I don't know if bigger ones are the same) are very social lizards. you know, for lizards, being cold-blooded and burying their young in the sand and walking away and all. apparently they go into depressed suicide state if they don;t have other lizards around to chill with. so I'd think it's a safe bet your mr. anole has friends in the garden.
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On June 22nd, 2005 01:12 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Oh, I hope so! I keep peering out the window, hoping to catch a glimpse of him or one of this friends preening on the nearby branches. So far, no luck, but it would be so cool if Mr. Lizard met a nice Mrs. Lizard and they had a slew of little baby anoles. *squee*
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On June 22nd, 2005 10:45 am (UTC), keesa_renee commented:
Meep! I thought I posted a comment here last night, but now I don't see it. Grrr.

Anyway--lovely lizard! I never knew their names, but we have oodles of them in the greenhouses. They're such friendly, curious little things! They'll just sit there and watch you, until you get within a foot or two of them, then they'll scamper off. Mamma works in the greenhouse so often that they're used to her, and she can set something down on the shelf six inches from where they're sitting, and they'll never move. They're such a lot of fun to watch!

"I'm not sure if he could see us through the window."

I'll bet he could. :-D Knowing those little critters, he was probably as excited and interested at seeing you as you were at seeing him...maybe he was wishing he hadn't left his tiny digital camera at home. ;-)
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On June 22nd, 2005 01:16 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
"maybe he was wishing he hadn't left his tiny digital camera at home."

*Squee!* That comment made me giggle! The thought of little Mr. Lizard taking pictures of us as we snapped glamour shots of him. Oh, that's too adorable. Thanks for that wonderful imagery, Keesa!
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