No, it’s not the Geico Gecko…it’s a green anole. This lizard is native to the U.S. and is nicknamed the “chameleon” due to it’s ability to change colors from bright green, to brown, to gray…all depending on their mood. Their heads have pointed snouts, their tails and bodies are long and slender, they have special padding on their feet for crawling along walls, and they make no sound. Of their total length, their tails are the major portion of their bodies. The males have a pink flap of skin that hangs below their neck that turns a fiery red color during territorial displays or courting and mating. The males also have two sets of bigger scales at the point where their tail starts and both males and females shed off their tails and can grow a new one in its place. In the southeastern United States, these lizards can be found in trees, shrubs, on walls or fences. They require greenery, some shade, and a moist environment and they eat small insects and spiders by stalking them in shrubs, vines, walls, and even window screens. So don’t be afraid of these little guys, think of them as nature’s green exterminators.
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