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Temperatures Drop Lizards In

The thermometer is not the only thing that drops here in the Florida Panhandle when Winter comes calling. Below freezing temperatures outdoors means lizards drop in!

Yes, each winter as cold weather hits the area, our anoles come crawling inside to warm themselves in our heated homes. Late yesterday afternoon, as temperatures began falling, I spied my first Carolina anole upon the window blind basking in the warm sunshine sailing through the dining room window.

I took my lizard friend's picture then I let him be, for the time being. I knew we were in for below freezing temperatures overnight and decided to permit him to stay indoors, all the while hoping I would find him alive and well in the morning.

Today, a thorough search ensued and I discovered my visitor on the blind in my my bedroom, this time soaking up the morning sun.

Because the anole will probably only survive indoors for a few days, I picked him up and took him outside. Behind the house where we get plenty of sun the yard meets up with a heavily wooded thicket. I found a warm spot amid a few logs from fallen pine trees and gently placed him atop a warm bed of pine needles.

My lizard friend sat there for a long time, seemingly staring at me, then slowly crawled away and out of sight. I sure hope he finds himself a safe spot to bask in the sun today and to sleep tonight.

Anole Factoid : The Carolina anole is often called a chameleon since it changes its color from browns to greens and an array in between. In reality, anoles are not really chameleons.

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soupdragon wrote on January 8, 2015, 3:17 PM

I love lizards and would be so excited if I saw one in my home! I can only get to see them in zoos

LilyDay wrote on January 8, 2015, 3:25 PM

Cute little lizard. Hopefully, he does well despite the chilly temperatures.

Renda wrote on January 8, 2015, 10:56 PM

I miss those little guys! I have not seen any around here, though I know they are in this area. Maybe I'm just not looking hard enough? Regardless, these cold temps could have stayed away as far as I am concerned.

RuthCox wrote on January 9, 2015, 12:31 AM

I like lizards too, especially these anoles. They are so much fun to watch, especially outdoors as they move from sun to shadows and their colors change. Some seem quite friendly too!

PriscillaKing wrote on January 11, 2015, 7:23 PM

Cute! We get more blue-tailed lizards here. I like watching them bask; can't believe how they're able to catch flies and mosquitoes, but they do and I'm grateful.

RuthCox wrote on January 11, 2015, 8:21 PM

I am sure he did just fine. The lizards are used to the weather here and have plenty of places to hibernate.

RuthCox wrote on January 11, 2015, 10:23 PM

You should have the lizards too, Renda and yes, I wish the cold would have not visited us, but it won't last long like it does up north, hooray!