Leiocephalus carinatus, the Northern curly-tailed lizard;
Miami-Dade county, Florida (13 March 2023).
Spring Break 2023
I came across this beefy Northern curly-tailed lizard in the South Miami interior. Similar to the agamas, I’m used to seeing plenty of them in Coral Gables, and this was the first time I’d seen one at this one particular South Miami park. This hefty non-native species is troublesome for our anole species (which are also mostly non-native) because they actively prey on other lizards (among other things). Never a second’s rest in the shifting postmodern ecology of South Florida. Truly, if you want to see Fast & Furious, check out the forced, manic adaptation of all these non-native species figuring out how to deal with each other!