Leaping Lizards!

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Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty LLC BK 3126272

Anolis carolinensisThe other day I heard a noise outside my window and took a peek.  I found this little fella.  Of course I took a peek through the closed window.  I'm not a chicken but would rather not run the risk of having him come inside and get too comfy here.

When I moved to the Miami Redlands I knew it would be different than the Queens, NY neighborhood I grew up in.  In Queens, we heard the ambulance outside.  Let's not forget the bus that whooshed by every 20 minutes or so.  Except when someone needed to get off at the bustop right outside our window.  Then it stopped and we could hear the hydraulics as it took off again.  And that was our bedroom window.  The kids were actually used to the noise and had a hard time adjusting to the quiet in our new Miami neighborhood.

I kid you not when I tell you that the first time I heard cats on our roof I totally freaked.  They sounded so nearby that I was certain they were inside the attic.  Actually, I was unaware that they were cats.  In my wild imagination I thought they were rabid possums and was sure it would be only a matter of moments before they busted through the attic door and bit me.  Strange thoughts can go through your mind in the middle of the night.  I laugh about that now. 

I love living out here.  I often sit on the porch and listen to the birds.  I once had a quaker land on my head and stay there as I called excitedly to the girls and walked towards the front door.  Unfortunately when the door opened, the first one out was one of our cats and friendly Mr. Quaker took off.  I called him and called him but he no longer wanted anything to do with me. 

We saw a 3 foot iguana crossing the street once.  We've never seen him again.  But this little guy outside my window makes an appearance every couple of months or so.  He's not so little.  He's not our common lizards that, although pretty patterns adorn their backs sometimes, are a dime a dozen.  He's actually an Anolis equestris equestris - or Western Knight Anole, the largest of all Anolis species. Florida has only one true native anolis, the Anolis carolinensis, or Green Anole, which is usually 5-8 inches in length.  The Western Knight Anole is usually 13 - 19 inches long.  They were introduced to Florida from Cuba.  This one on my window seemed to be about 14 inches long.  His color is a bright green, not the dull browns, greys and slimy non-colors of some of the common lizards.

Anolis carolinensisAnoles are great to have on your property.  They eat up lots of bugs.  One of our cats once brought one to us as a gift.  Unfortunately it was too late to help the poor guy and we let our cat know we were not at all pleased.  If you ever do get one inside the house, try to corner it so you can capture it and take it back ouside.  They can't live very long inside a house as it's too cold for them and they would only last a few days.  If you ever do have reason to capture one to release it outside, don't worry when it tries to bite you.  That's one of their defense mechanisms.  Their teeth are really tiny and the bite doesn't hurt (so I've been told). UPDATE - this is only true for the smaller Green Anole.  This larger Western Knight Anole bites and it hurts.  The other defense mechanism is he'll poop in your hand.  As gross as that sounds, it's a really tiny poop and not much to worry about.  Just make sure you wash your hands afterwards!

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Paula Henry
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Maggie -We had these great little creatures in Arizona; they are quite interesting. They made nest in the most unusual of places. I remember when I seen my first one, I was a little freaked, but you get used to them. Great picture you got of the little guy!
Jun 09, 2007 02:54 PM #1
Rainmaker
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Paula - thanks.  We tried to not get the car in the background but we had to make do with what we had =)  My little one was excited at seeing it this close up.  We could see it's belly and put our noses up to the window and everything.  lol

Jun 09, 2007 03:04 PM #2
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Beth Butler
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Maggie - so funny you should post about lizards - my new son in law came down from Connecticut for the first time a few years ago - and he calls them dinosaurs!!!  Then he saw a big iguana in the back yard and I thought he was going to pass out!  
Jun 09, 2007 03:39 PM #3
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Danny Smith
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That guys actually pretty big! My house is painted a almond color and at night when I turn on the porch light and step onto the patio I often see little lizards and they have adapted their color to fit the color of my house.
Jun 09, 2007 09:00 PM #4
Rainmaker
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Beth - that's funny.  I had to adjust to the lizards when I moved here.  Now I am an expert at catching the ones that make it into the house.  I always take them back ouside and set them free.

Danny - you're lucky you get almond colored ones.  On my front porch at night, we see the ones we call "slimy" because they're devoid of color.  I'm not sure if they're albino but they're ickky!  LOL

After researching some more I just found out that my little neighbor is a different type of Anole, a Cuban one at that!  I am updating my post.

Jun 09, 2007 09:54 PM #5
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Lysa Napolitano
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Maggie, Dang girl that's one big lizard! I got used to them in Hawaii, they took care of the really big cockroaches there and because our old house didn't have a/c the lizards didn't mind being inside either.

I guess iguanas are a sight common there? The first time I saw one here was in my back yard I was STUNNED. I thought I would catch him and call animal control figuring he is someones pet. I have a crate out there and placed it right in front of him, walked around to usher him and he took off like a bat out of hell. I did get some great photos of him later tho. Animal Control told me he's been lose in the area about 2 years and from what I told them he's grown a foot. This was over a year ago. Wonder how big he is now?

Jun 09, 2007 11:49 PM #6
Rainmaker
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Lysa - there is one place in Miami that I can guarantee you will see iguanas each and every time.  They are not so readily seen where I live.  I love seeing them.  They are so very cool.  I think it's funny that you were trying to crate that one.

Jun 09, 2007 11:55 PM #7
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Lysa Napolitano
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LOL I thought it was someone's pet! I was trying to do the right thing, I was amazed at his speed.
Jun 10, 2007 12:38 AM #8
Rainmaker
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Lysa - usually they are very slow, but he showed you what he's made of once he thought you were trying to catch him.  lol
Jun 10, 2007 01:07 AM #9
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Sarah Cooper
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Around here I don't see too many lizards, mostly deer, raccoons, possums, groundhogs and so on. 

Your lizard is actually kind of cute!  Nice of him to eat the insects for you. 

Jun 10, 2007 01:12 AM #10
Rainmaker
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Sarah - here the lizards are literally everywhere.  Sometimes I have to jump out of the way so I don't step on one.  I'll look like I'm doing a funny dance.   But it's the small ones.  Big guys like this one don't come out a lot.
Jun 10, 2007 01:16 AM #11
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The first time I ran into a lizard was in a cave in Kentucky - the Mammoth Cave system...

then when I came down here the first time to visit and they were running everywhere I was a little weirded out because no one else seemed to mind...

now I'm just used to them... I just don't like when they get into the house or garage ... I don't want the baby to get ahold of one ... and my lab would catch one and eat it every now and then

You should come to Palm Beach County and see some of the giant ones up here...every now and then you look near a canal and a 4-5' iguana is just sunning itself watching traffic go by!

Jun 10, 2007 08:05 AM #12
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Jack Haydon
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Maggie,

LOL....I have to admit tha we have loads of lizards in Clearwater, and I have never had one poop in my hand....LOL.

Jack

Jun 10, 2007 02:11 PM #13
Rainmaker
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David - the iguanas are very cool. I know a place, right by a canal also, where you can see them guaranteed.  There are always about 7 or 8 sunning themselves like you say. 

Jack - I really don't want to find out if it's true that they do this.  eeeeeewwwwwwwwww  lol

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