Opportunistic lizards

tima9209March 30, 2012

I've been watching a little green anole lizard prowl the brick wall a foot away from one of my hanging feeders. I even caught him sitting on the feeder for several minutes, which was starting to get me mad. Today, I got lucky and glanced out the window just in time to see him jump from the wall to the feeder, grab a bug that was trying to score some nectar, and jump back to the wall, bug in mouth, which he swallowed whole some time later. If I had blinked, I'd have missed his attack, which was over in probably .1 seconds. I hope he hangs around and has an appetite for wasps.

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Cool!! I had one living in my back yard in Florida, never noticed him near my feeders. The kids got a kick out of him, but he could be hard to spot!! We sat outside one day for a full hour, with 6 kids running around. My sister looked over and he was 2 feet from her face in a bush. Had likely been there the whole time. Christy :)

    Bookmark   March 30, 2012 at 7:56AM
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Anole lizards are very pretty, and they don't bite too hard when you catch them. House geckos OTOH...

The hummingbird activity is picking up. The first one hit the shrimp plant on March 14, and I hadn't seen more than two before today, when I saw five at once. Up to three feeders now, mainly to frustrate the aggressive male who thinks it's his job to sit on a tree branch all day and guard them all.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2012 at 2:04PM
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rowdy13(9a Valrico)

I had Carolina Anole regularly feeding at a hummingbird feeder on my front porch last August. I've added a link to a video that includes of his approach to the feeder as well as his meal. It's not the best video and it's a number of clips pieced together but hopefully you'll enjoy it.

Steve in Valrico.

Here is a link that might be useful: Carolina Anole on a Tweeter Totter Hummingbird Feeder

    Bookmark   April 2, 2012 at 10:46PM
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rowdy13(9a Valrico)

The following series of photos was taken a few years ago when I first observed an anole feeding at a hummingbird feeder. I did not see the bird until I looked at the photos.

Steve in Valrico

    Bookmark   April 2, 2012 at 10:55PM
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That's pretty cool! I haven't seen mine drinking, just hunting. :)

    Bookmark   April 3, 2012 at 12:16PM
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Truly enjoyed the picture series. Excellent capture of hummer taking exception to the invader. I have little lizards about that size around here but they are not green they are dark either grey or brown and one got in my house once and I had to run him down lest he start a family inside.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2012 at 3:48PM
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I finally caught the little guy lapping away at one of the ports. Some of the hummingbirds are brave enough to feed on the opposite side, but most just hover angrily a few inches away until they realize the lizard doesn't care.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2012 at 2:52PM
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