Lizard

IMG_1205.JPGThis is my lizard.  I first found him on my plant stand one morning when I rolled it out of the garage.  Apparently, he had spent the night inside.  A remarkable thing about him/her is how large it is.  This is a common anole, frequently found basking on the porch or relaxing in the shade of a plant.  It is unusual to find one this big around my house.

On the previous post I showed a feeder I tried to entice it to eat mealworms from.  As I kept checking, it showed up and looked rather sickly.  Different large spots on it were a light gray.  Closer inspection yielded the idea that it might be shedding its skin.  Do lizards molt ?  Google.  Yes, they do.  You might be wondering why I don’t have a picture of the shedding lizard.  It was rather dark and it was hiding behind the Japanese yew shrub.  You’ll have to believe my description.

Here is a picture of another anole.

IMG_1540.JPGThe bricks have different lengths, but the height is consistent.  I’d estimate this one to be two bricks plus one mortar joint long.  Now compare the next picture.

IMG_1228.JPGSee how this lizard spans almost three bricks and two mortar joints ?

Since it is wild, it is used to live bugs.  It is doubtful that it will eat the freeze-dried meal worms I’m putting in it’s feeder.  However, the googled info did say that a small pool can help them with their shedding so perhaps it’s an upgraded amenity I can provide for its comfort.

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