Category: Lizards

The Brown Basilisk in South Florida, 11 June 2017

Basiliscus vittatus, the Brown basilisk; Miami-Dade county, Florida (11 June 2016). Native to Central America and the northern reaches of South America, the Brown basilisk, Basiliscus vittatus, is an impressively agile and speedy non-native lizard slowly spreading its way across south Florida. Adults range…

Fight! Two Brown Anoles Vie for the Title, 25 May 2012

Anolis sagrei, the Cuban brown anole; Collier county, Florida (25 May 2012). This was a fun encounter. Here we have two Cuban brown anoles, both male, tearing each other up for bragging rights, so to speak. Male Cuban brown anoles will battle each other…

The Carolina Green Anole, 31 August 2011

Anolis carolinensis, the Carolina green anole; Lowndes county, Georgia (31 August 2011). Here are some simple shots of a simple Carolina green anole, Anolis carolinensis, simply basking in an ocean of fluid greenery. So much green!

A Little Green Iguana, 26 July 2018

Iguana iguana, the Green iguana; Monroe county, Florida: 26 July 2018. Considered to be somewhat a “nuisance” species, the Green iguana is a fairly large non-native reptile now well-established throughout much of south Florida — especially along our coastlines. I see them most often…

The Ever-So-Little Brown Skink, 05 July 2018

Scincella lateralis, the Little brown skink; Alachua county, Florida (05 July 2018). Following the every-so-tiny Brahminy blind snake from our last post, let’s check out another tiny, diminutive reptilian species in Florida: the native Little brown skink, Scincella lateralis. Also sometimes referred to as…

Spring Break 2018: The Puerto Rican Crested Anole

Anolis cristatellus, the Puerto Rican crested anole; Miami-Dade county, Florida (17 March 2018). Series: Spring Break 2018. We return again to the Puerto Rican crested anole, Anolis cristatellus, a non-native species now strongly established within parts of South Florida. Though this species may appear…

Spring Break 2018: The Brown Anole

Anolis sagrei, the Cuban brown anole; Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018). Series: Spring Break 2018. Of all the lizards in Florida today, the Cuban brown anole, Anolis sagrei, is likely the most frequently encountered. When I was a kid growing up in Volusia…

Spring Break 2018: Carolina Greens!

Anolis carolinensis, the Carolina green anole; Miami-Dade county, Florida (17 March 2018). Series: Spring Break 2018. Above is a simple shot of a Carolina green anole, Anolis carolinensis, striking the classic trunk pose in Miami-Dade county, Florida. Sure, anoles can be pretty obvious when…

Spring Break 2018: The Green Anole

Anolis carolinensis, the Carolina green anole; Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018). Series: Spring Break 2018. The Carolina green anole, Anolis carolinensis, is always worth a few moments of calm and quiet study and observation. Seriously, I never tire of simply watching Carolina green…

Spring Break 2018: The Western Bearded Anole

Anolis (Chamaeleolis) barbatus, the Western bearded anole (captive); Miami-Dade county, Florida (12 May 2018). Series: Spring Break 2018. Native to Cuba, the Western bearded anole is a heap of awesome, bumpy anole action. These photographs are of a few specimens on display during the…

Spring Break 2018: Anolis Symposium, Day II

Anolis Symposium VII; Miami-Dade county, Florida (18 March 2018). Series: Spring Break 2018. Growing up in Volusia county, Florida, anoles, those funky little lizards, were a daily happening in my childhood. When I think back to my early years in Florida, I remember four…

Spring Break 2018: Anolis Symposium VII, Day I (with some historical context)

Anolis Symposium VII; Miami-Dade county, Florida (18 March 2018). Series: Spring Break 2018. In February of 1972, Harvard herpetologist and evolutionary biologist Ernest Williams produced a technical two-year report reporting research progress funded by National Science Foundations Grant B 019801X. In this technical report,…