see on my travels around the county.
Northern Curly-Tailed Lizard
ture. I am captivated with this little guy. The
name alone practically gives away the appear
bushes when it is sunny and warm outside.
ways intrigued me. But there is a story behind
this little lizard. Apparently, it is documented
the mainland and now they can be found from
are given this title due to the fact that the larger
Apparently the large portion of their daily diet is
our native lizard. The other problem is that the
away from our own lizards forcing them to move
can happen when exotic animals and reptiles are
released into our native environment.
Now here’s another reptile that is not native to
Florida at all. Their natural habitat is Central and
South America. Thought to be stowaways on fruit
ships from South America, they made their way
up from the Florida Keys to the Eastern Coast of
Florida. These gentle giants are hard to miss; a
the sun. And to further mystify you, although they
are called “green iguana”, these iguanas vary in
By the way, did I mention that these lizards can
only herbivores (they don’t eat meat) and are
of the native Florida Burrowing Owl, a species of
special concern. Also, the green iguana has an
propensity to destroy landscaping and gardens.
Here’s another very fascinating creature.
to Central America. These little guys are obvi
ously in our part of Florida due to being released
into our environment carelessly by pet own
ers. They are a species that is quite a sight to
of the water for about thirty to sixty feet before
for granted everyday and understand about
smile. It can’t hurt you anyway. But remem
ber, he’s now a resident here too.
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