Category Archives: Reptiles

Backyard Carolina Anole on Caladium

With more time spent at home this summer Carolina Anoles have continued to entertain me on our patio.

Carolina Anole on Caladium
Carolina Anole on Caladium

This is the first year I’ve tried Caladium. It’s holding up to the heat and makes a great perch for the Anoles as they search for bugs.

Carolina Anole on Caladium
Carolina Anole on Caladium

The colors of the lizard and the leaves were incredibly vivid; here’s a B&W version.

Carolina Anole on Caladium
Carolina Anole on Caladium

Leaving a Trail

I heard this young Alligator chirping at the edge of a duckweed covered pond. I’ve seen juveniles in this area off and on over the summer and suspect they are now around six months old and about 2 feet (60 cm) long.

Young Alligator in Weeds
Young Alligator in Weeds

From there he headed out into the pond, using his full body and tail to propel forward. I didn’t hear any more chirping and didn’t see any siblings. Or mama.

Young Alligator Swimming Through Duckweed
Young Alligator Swimming Through Duckweed

Then he made a 90 degree turn.

Young Alligator Swimming Through Duckweed
Young Alligator Swimming Through Duckweed

Finally he straightened out and headed for the other side of the pond, leaving a squiggly trail in the thick duckweed behind him.

Young Alligator Swimming Through Duckweed
Young Alligator Swimming Through Duckweed

Backyard Carolina Anole

Young Carolina Anoles have been a steady source of entertainment on our patio and porch this summer as they figure out how to get around and find lunch.

Carolina Anole
Carolina Anole on Curcuma Blossom

Potted plants seem like a jungle around these little fellows, which are not as big around as a pencil when they first hatch.

Carolina Anole
Carolina Anole

The adults are either hiding from the heat or have become lunch for a passing bird.

Carolina Anole
Carolina Anole and Shadow

Between the Knees

From the still wet duckweed you could tell this young Alligator had recently climbed out of the pond.

Young Alligator, Duckweed
Young Alligator, Duckweed

I hadn’t spotted him until I was right up to him. I backed up to get a view of him threaded through the Cypress Knees.

Young Alligator, Cypress Knees, Duckweed
Young Alligator, Cypress Knees, Duckweed

And back a little more to capture the whole pond-side scene.

Young Alligator, Cypress Knees, Duckweed
Young Alligator, Cypress Knees, Duckweed

A Small Drama, Alligator

I had been watching this Alligator as he floated in the water with his full back sticking up. Usually just see the head is out of the water unless they are actively using their tail to swim. He was staying in place.

Alligator
Alligator

I suspected he might be profiling, basically showing off, to either impress a female or warn off other males. And wham, he smacked the water with his head.

Alligator
Alligator

Expecting more, I waited, but that was it. There are dozens of large Alligators in this immediate area and evidently they were not impressed.

Alligator
Alligator

Anole on Trumpet Vine Pod

I seem to be seeing Green Anoles everywhere lately, and climbing on all sorts of things.

Green Anole
Green Anole

This dried pod is from last year’s Trumpet Vine which surprisingly hasn’t popped open.

Green Anole
Green Anole

The Anole was showing off his Dewlap, also known as a throat fan. They do this to attract mates and to establish their territory, alerting an intruding male that he’s gone to far.

Green Anole
Green Anole