Tag Archives: Reptile

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

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

Juvenile Carolina Anole

There were a few young Green Anoles exploring the plants on our patio this morning.

Anole Juvenile
Anole Juvenile on Sago Palm

They are about an inch (25mm) long when they hatch, and these were about double that.

Anole Juvenile
Anole Juvenile

Anole juveniles are immediately mobile, with food and self protection their primary needs. Anoles eat a variety of insects and I’ve read they will attempt to eat anything smaller than their own head.

Anole Juvenile
Anole Juvenile on Vinca

Broken Tail On A Tail

I spotted this Green Anole with a broken off tail perched on a dried cat tail flower head at the swamp.

Carolina Anole with Broken Tail
Carolina Anole with Broken Tail

Anoles can regrow at least part of a lost tail but it is not of the same design.

Carolina Anole with Broken Tail
Carolina Anole with Broken Tail

The original tail has small bones while the replacement is cartilage, probably affecting its flexibility. Somehow they make do.

Carolina Anole with Broken Tail
Carolina Anole with Broken Tail

Patrolling the Pond

Alligators take casual swims around this pond, often looking for a sunny spot to get out of the water. After some heavy rains they have less places to choose.

Alligator Patrolling Pond
Alligator Patrolling Pond

I liked the mottled reflections of the trees in the pond, dissected by the passing Alligator.

Alligator Patrolling Pond
Alligator Patrolling Pond

Lines and more lines of an Alligator, a dead branch, lots of vegetation and all of their reflections.

Alligator Patrolling Pond
Alligator Patrolling Pond