Does anyone know what name of lizard

butterfly4uNovember 24, 2013

this little guy is? He is black with silver stripe down back.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
wisner_gw wisner

I believe it is a chameleon. Sometimes they are brown, sometimes green.

    Bookmark   November 24, 2013 at 8:37PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
ourhighlandhome

One of my favorite reptiles, and I have many! I love to see the males run across the deck "extending their brightly colored dewlaps while bobbing up and down, almost doing a dance", as described by wikipedia.

They also have the ability to "change" colors from green to brown as a means of camouflage to hide from would-be predators.

Neat little garden friends to have around, until you realize that their eyes have the unique,reptilian ability to look deep enough into your soul to remind yourself that, at some point in history, they were your "masters" (and seem to think that, at some point in the future, will have the ability to restore that privilege).

Welcome to the the "Twilight Zone"......

Here is a link that might be useful: The Chameleon.....

    Bookmark   November 24, 2013 at 10:34PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
esh_ga

Called an Anole.

    Bookmark   November 25, 2013 at 2:08PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Yes, that's a Brown Anole...consideed an invasive non native species. It's not a good thing to see these pushing our native anoles out of their territory.

    Bookmark   November 25, 2013 at 2:32PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
ourhighlandhome

rhizo_1,

You took me to school on that one. I didn't realize there was a difference. I guess I only see the natives - hope it stays that way around here.

Your knowledge is incredible! BTW, do they cross-breed, and do you know the result? Just curious....

    Bookmark   November 27, 2013 at 9:14PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
ourhighlandhome

rhizo_1,

You took me to school on that one. I didn't realize there was a difference. I guess I only see the natives - hope it stays that way around here.

Your knowledge is incredible! BTW, do they cross-breed, and do you know the result? Just curious....

    Bookmark   November 27, 2013 at 9:16PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
esh_ga

I'd be interested also in knowing how to recognize the non-native one from the native. There does not appear to be much info on the web (at least not easily googled).

Edited to say: there is good info if the dewlap is extended; the non-native one has a whitish outline around the perimeter whereas the native one is red throughout.

This post was edited by esh_ga on Fri, Nov 29, 13 at 7:32

    Bookmark   November 29, 2013 at 7:31AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Since I didn't know about the interbreeding question, I dug around some and not only couldn't I find any comments on the Brown interbreeding withw our native species (Anolis carolinensis), but they've recently pulled it out of the genus Anolis entirely.

It used to be listed as Anolis sagrei but is now Norops sagrei. This isn't done on a whim but indicates that there are significant genetic differences between the two. That makes crossbreeding more unlikely.

I should point out that our pretty little native anole is capable of turning brown before our eyes, even though it is not a chamaeleon. I knew that the animal pictured above was the Brown Norops because of the distinctive stripe down its visible even in that not so great image. :-) A close-up of it would show even more physical characteristics.

Thanks for the nice words, Nelson.

This post was edited by rhizo_1 on Sun, Dec 1, 13 at 19:00

    Bookmark   December 1, 2013 at 6:54PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
jcalhoun(8b Mobile County AL)

A little off the mark but we have a lot of those light tan colored mediteranian house geckoes around here. Could they also become a problem?

    Bookmark   December 2, 2013 at 5:09AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Those are officially cute! I can't find a thing negative about them. They don't impact native reptiles and are called "voracious" feeders of moths and other critters that hang around the porch and in the house at night.

They are nocturnal, which makes them predators of things we don't like.....black widows, brown recluse, cockroaches, house centipedes, etc.

They sound like little heros, to me!

    Bookmark   December 2, 2013 at 4:14PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Those are officially cute! I can't find a thing negative about them. They don't impact native reptiles and are called "voracious" feeders of moths and other critters that hang around the porch and in the house at night.

They are nocturnal, which makes them predators of things we don't like.....black widows, brown recluse, cockroaches, house centipedes, etc.

They sound like little heros, to me!

    Bookmark   December 2, 2013 at 4:15PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

I've seen these in previous years near the coast, Cape San Blas, and didn't realize what they were. I've seen a bunch of them the past few weeks, and very few of the natives. Now this is probably all in my head, but they seem much less friendly and all of them run if I try to get a good look. Anoles *usually* don't mind if your movements aren't too jerky or fast.

...so if they are at all green, they're a native anole? (Is anole a genus and should be capitalized?)

AFAIK, this guy's a native. This is one of a bunch of pics I took of an epic anole fight on 5/17.

    Bookmark   December 6, 2013 at 2:52PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

It started with one in a headlock.

    Bookmark   December 6, 2013 at 2:54PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

That broke up and they circled each other like boxers in a ring, around in a complete circle several times.

    Bookmark   December 6, 2013 at 2:55PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

They they tried a kind of sideways version of chicken. Look at how MAD their faces and eyes are, their whatever sticking up on their backs.

    Bookmark   December 6, 2013 at 2:57PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Then more circling...

    Bookmark   December 6, 2013 at 2:58PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

More posturing...

    Bookmark   December 6, 2013 at 3:00PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

I guess the lighter green one won, the other one ran away.

    Bookmark   December 6, 2013 at 3:01PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

The winner one climbed up this post, seemingly to make sure the loser left his territory. He didn't calm down (return to regular relaxed appearance) for a while. That was amazing to see!!

    Bookmark   December 6, 2013 at 3:02PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Super great pictures, purple! Those are our native anoles, Anolis carolinensis. Did you see any babies out of those tender moments?

Our natives can be green or brown, and can change back and forth. That other guy is just brown or grayish brown with the light colored stripe along the spine.

    Bookmark   December 6, 2013 at 4:39PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

TY! I knew the green ones can be brown sometimes but wasn't sure about the other way 'round. The stripe is very distinct.

So do you think this was an attempt at amorous activities? I've not seen the 'raised hackles' or deepened eye sockets during such before, but have only caught that activity in person twice (when there was no question what they were doing.) You can see how into their fight they were, (or foreplay, if that's the case.) I was so close to get those pics.

Took this pic 9/21, can't remember if I've showed it to you elsewhere or not. I think it had just hatched. It had grit all over it & is officially the smallest one I've seen. It was cool to the touch so I assumed that's why it was brown. Maybe it's an invader. I didn't see a stripe, but wasn't looking.

    Bookmark   December 6, 2013 at 5:56PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

July 15, a definite Anole. Hmm...?

    Bookmark   December 6, 2013 at 6:06PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
ourhighlandhome

What you have there is not a definite Anole. It is the next Geico spokes-lizard! ;-D

BTW - enjoyed the blow-by-blow pictures. And in case folks don't have first-hand knowledge, these little creatures have powerfully strong jaws (either that or I'm some kind of sissy :-O

    Bookmark   December 10, 2013 at 9:15PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
ourhighlandhome

What you have there is not a definite Anole. It is the next Geico spokes-lizard! ;-D

BTW - enjoyed the blow-by-blow pictures. And in case folks don't have first-hand knowledge, these little creatures have powerfully strong jaws (either that or I'm some kind of sissy :-O

    Bookmark   December 10, 2013 at 9:17PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Nelson, many years ago I read a short story by the great Southern writer Eudora Welty. In the story, a young girl captures a couple of anoles and lets them latch on to her earlobes. Inspired by that image in my mind, I wore 'green lizard earrings ' several times.

No pain involved for either party, that is until I selected a larger one to attach to my ear. He ended up liking my earlobe a little too much and was not anxious to jump off! Human blood was involved that time and the anole scampered away with a grin.

You're not a sissy, lol.

    Bookmark   December 11, 2013 at 7:44AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

TY, Nelson. Well I'm just glad their ire didn't turn my way! LOL! (Look lady, this isn't a spectator event, get that camera out of our faces or we'll bite your ears!)

    Bookmark   December 11, 2013 at 9:01AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
flatwoods_farm(9A Riverview, F)

No geckoes in any of these pics (check the toe structures). Original pic is a Cuban anole- females have a more pronounced stripe. Cuban anoles can change color somewhat, but it is just lighter or darker browns. The battling anoles pics are excellent and is typical of males. They develop that crest as they age. After no frosts last winter, we've had more of both species than ever.

    Bookmark   December 15, 2013 at 10:04PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Crest, I knew there was a word for that thing, and not hackles. TY, Flatwoods! Glad you liked the pics.

It seems the Cuban ones are slightly larger, longer tail. Is that others' observation also?

    Bookmark   December 16, 2013 at 11:15AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Beautiful Ideas for Oak Savanna
Anyone have any ideas of things to add to an Oak Savanna...
Savannagirl
Crepe Myrtle in the ICU
Hi folks, This crepe myrtle came from the builder when...
rwiki
Home soil testing kits
Are there any good ones out there?.
420benz
Myrtle won't bloom
I have a couple of crape myrtles in my yard that won't...
gregnga
Very hard pruning of big boxwoods?
I know this has been discussed before, but I just can't...
topsiebeezelbub
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™