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cool lizard in my back yard.

This is a discussion on cool lizard in my back yard. within the A Kodak Moment: not necessarily plants... forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; commonly known as a Knight anole, ( Anolis equestris). I spotted him this morning around ...

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    Default cool lizard in my back yard.

    commonly known as a Knight anole, (Anolis equestris).

    I spotted him this morning around 10:30 A.M. sunning himself on wires used to support a rather large Vanda. sorry for the pic quality ... the lens kept fogging up. (it was too humid and the camera was in the air conditioned house.)

    This one is immature around 10-12 inches long. I have seen them as long as 18+inches(they can grow as large as 20 inches). They are originally from Cuba. The average life span is around 15-16 years. Knight anoles eat insects and small lizards, especially other smaller anoles.
    They are diurnal and fiercely defensive and territorial. If a snake or anything like a snake (sticks, garden hose) approaches too closely they put on a defensive display. They turn sideways, extend the dewlap, raise the back crest, and gape menacingly at the snake.
    A male fighting with other males extends the dewlap and then retracts it, repeating this behavior several times. He rises on all four legs, stiffly nods his head, and turns sideways towards the rival. The male then turns bright green. Frequently the fight will end with the display, and the male most impressed by the other's display will drop his crest and slink away. If fighting continues, males rush at each other with mouths open. Sometimes jaws will lock if they continue, otherwise they try to go for the limb of their opponent.
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    Very, very cool, Matt! How many garden hoses do you go through because they don't back down?

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    none yet ... lol. but it makes me nervous when my pugs disappear into the jungle and don't come when i call them.

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    ROFL! That's hilarious! Hoses and pugs eaten by anoles....

    Cool pic!

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    Neat picture , I was watching Animal Planet they were trapping really big lizards , and snakes not natives , I have heard almost everyone there has chain link because of gators . Is this true ? Gin

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    My Grandson & I were on a walk in my neighborhood & came across an iguana crossing the street. He's probably been there awhile since he took his time to get to the other side.
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    Somebody probably let him loose... cool pic!

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    My Grandson & I were on a walk in my neighborhood & came across an iguana crossing the street. He's probably been there awhile since he took his time to get to the other side.

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    some other pics of a smaller one. this guy was around 12-13 in.
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    OMG....

    I didn't scroll down enough and just caught that guy's head on the left, against the tree bark. And I sat here thinking, what the hell kind of fungus is that, and what can I tell them to use to get rid of it because ain't no cinnamon gonna fix that barnacle-looking mess...

    Val, I've only ever seen big iguanas like that at pet stores. I think seeing them just kind of hanging out, on the street, wherever, would be really cool!

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    Matt,

    I have one of those in my scheffalera tree out front, now I know what it is!!! It's only about 8 inches long. I saw a bigger one in my backyard before the hurricanes hit, but haven't seen it lately.

    lja,
    Seeing lizards, neat spiders & different kinds of birds make living in my neighborhood very cool indeed
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