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Re: Snake, now lizard

Hmm, well these are not bright green, kind of a light medium green. But
they're not geckos which I have had here for years.
More slender, narrow pointier heads, and really long tails. I like 'em
regardless. I really do need to figure out what they are so I can call TX
Parks & Wildlife to make sure they aren't poisonous, because I know Sugar
will catch one and eat it, despite my vigilance.

 On 10/6/05, james singer <islandjim1@verizon.net> wrote:
> I've seen bright green ones, Pam, but they are rare. Most are in the
> brown range, from very light tan to chocolate. Some have stripes,
> others do not. It is common to see a medium brown one with a blond
> stripe down its spine, and vice versa coloring is common also. One of
> my favorites lives in an area we call the "nursery"--it [a male, I
> think] is very dark, almost black. But his wattle, or whatever that
> skin is called that they flash to attract mates or warn enemies, is
> bright red.
> Slender with long tails is a good description, Pam. Tail is at least
> half their total length.
> Most of the anoles in Florida are descendants of Cuban anoles, who were
> probably blown over here in a hurricane or tropical storm a few 100
> years ago. They have nearly replaced the native anoles, although I've
> been told by those who study such things that the natives can still be
> found.
> But, native or Cuban, they're all welcome here. And lots of fun to
> watch. They make no sound whatsoever; they communicate entirely by
> flashing that waddle-thing, bobbing their head and front shoulders up
> and down, and using other little body language tics and jerks.
> I've only seen one fight between two of them, which is kind of amazing
> given what appears to be nearly full-time mating solicitation behavior.
> I've seen several matings--which are excruciatingly slow to consummate
> [kind of like teenagers on a second date]--and which seem very
> ceremonial, like a Noh play, with rituals I haven't been able to figure
> out. I also have not been able to figure out why one male seems to be
> successful and another not. But I'm not much good at figuring that out
> about humans, either :>)
> On Oct 4, 2005, at 9:32 PM, Pam Evans wrote:
> > Are anoles green, Jim? Real slender w/ long tails? I think I have some
> > now!
> > Love it, especially if they eat skeeters! I assume they hibernate when
> > it
> > gets cold like my geckos seem to?
> Island Jim
> Southwest Florida
> 27.0 N, 82.4 W
> Hardiness Zone 10
> Heat Zone 10
> Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
> Maximum 100 F [38 C]
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Kemp TX
zone 8A

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