Bumble’s Green Lizard

A couple of weeks ago I noticed Bumble (my cat) hovering over something in the yard. She was so intent that I went out to investigate

Turns out that Bumble had “captured” and was tormenting a small, green lizard.

At first, I thought the lizard was already dead. It was completely still. But I watched patiently. I finally saw signs of breathing.

So I grabbed a piece of cardboard and slid it under the lizard—while keeping Bumble at bay.

I thought it wise to try to determine if the lizard was injured, so I placed the cardboard on a patio table and watched.

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After watching a bit, I grabbed a pine needle and touched the lizard. He began to move at that point. I say “he” because the dewlap flap is a characteristic of male Anolis carolinensis.

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When it appeared the lizard was going to be able to move on, I left him alone and returned to my afternoon’s work.

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In this last pic, you can really see the pink fan or dewlap flap.

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Earlier this year, I spotted what I presume to be the parents of this lizard, or perhaps a relative. Here’s that post: Loving Nature.

Links

Savannah River Ecology Laboratory

Frank Starmer’s Blog

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    Cute little lizard, what kind of lizard is this? I have an iguana in my house and its name if iggy.

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    • http://benfranklinfollies.com Sheree

      This is the Anolis carolinensis, commonly referred to as the Green Anole. It’s a very common lizard.

      I appreciate that sometimes we have to “take in” injured wildlife to help rehabilitate them. Sometimes, the wild creatures can’t be released back into the wild. But I’m opposed to keeping wild animals, including reptiles, as pets. It’s not fair to the animal.