Archive for the 'Lizards' Category

5-Lined Skink

Delilah, who I think is the only person who actually visits this website, asks:  "I hope you don’t mind me asking if you know what kind of lizard this is. Just tell me if you don’t know. S’cool. :-)" This lizard is, I think, a "5-Lined Skink" (Eumeces fasciatus).  I’ve seen one of those here […]

Broadhead Skink

Delilah writes:  "I’m attaching a picture of a lizard. I took it while walking near my house. Do you know what it is?" I do believe this is none other than a Broadhead Skink (Eumeces laticeps).

Some People Get Snow, Some Get Lizards

Ever want to catch a live, wild iguana? Easy.  Go down to Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park on Key Biscayne when the weather gets cold.  They rain from the trees, and lay dormant on the ground until the sun comes out and warms them up. According to the Miami Herald, the locals aren’t too […]

Bearded Dragon Gives Birth To Toy Lizard

Florida veterinarian John Rossi was confronted by a seven year old girl named Finley and her pet lizard, Mushu, who she thought was giving birth.  It looked like another tail was protruding from beneath Mushu’s tail. Rossi sedated the bearded dragon and began pulling on the second tail, and was rewarded with a pair of […]

Lizard Looping and Anoles

I have this video of me, standing in the patio of the Dallas apartment with my older daughter, and a little American Chameleon (Anolis carolinis) has hold of my finger in his tiny mouth and will not let go. No matter which way I turn my hand, that little guy is hanging on, biting as […]

Why Bluebellies Have Blue Bellies

Out of all the reptiles I’ve caught and studied as a budding young Herpetologist, these wonderful little blue-bellied lizards were the hardiest and ultimately the most fascinating. Found nearly everywhere in California (with variations across most of North America) these rough-scaled, fast, nimble lizards get their name from brilliant patterns of blue on their relatively […]

Project Sublizard

In the summer between 6th and 7th grade, my friends and I had formed a science club. I think we called it the “California Science Association” or something like that. It sounded very official and looked good on a letterhead, and we were able to get a lot of free scientific samples and hardware by […]

Life as a Desert Rat

Across the street from my childhood home was open desert, and when I was about 8 years old and was feeling the freedom of my first bicycle, my friends and I would go out and ride for miles down dirt roads that crisscrossed through the cactus and brush. We explored ruins of adobe buildings where […]

The Lizard That Almost Killed a Kid

I remember “spiny lizards” from my childhood as these huge scaly lizards as long as my arm that took two hands to hold. For young lizard hunters in my Tucson, Arizona neighborhood, these were the big game trophies. I caught one once, but don’t remember the details. I just remember holding it squirming in my […]

Tiny Dinosaurs that Squirt Blood

I think I was about six years old when I began catching things called horny toads. Actually they’re lizards, not toads, and I what attracted me to them is they look like miniature dinosaurs. Unlike regular lizards, these have a round pancake-like body, and out the back of their heads sprouts a crown of horns. […]

The living iguanas will come and bite the men who do not dream...

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