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Posted by TomSpinker on April 08, 2003 at 18:01:05:
Here are photos of three invasive lizards in south Florida.
Northern Curly-tailed Lizard
First is a Northern Curly-tailed lizard, Leiocephalus carinatus. This is native to the Bahamas. The lizard ususally curls its tail upward toward its body, sort of like a scorpion.
I took the photo on 3 April 2003, at noon, about a half-mile west of the main entrance to the Homestead Air Force Reserve Base. I have heard that these lizards are common along the Atlantic Ocean between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. This is the first one that I have seen.
I shot the photo through a chain-link fence which surrounds a small business. Lizard is on an asphalt parking area.
This lizard seemed quite calm and allowed me to approach it.
SVL about 5".
These lizards are very wary. I could only get to within about 15 feet.
SVL about 7"
This species is abundant in the ditches between the Air Force Base and the Atlantic Ocean. It is fairly wary, but one can approach it if it feels secure in the vegetation.
SVL about 6"
Agama with 200mm lens, other two with 100mm lens. Film is Kodak Gold 200-6. Images scanned from negatives.
I only take photos and never touch any animal (except to remove a snake or
turtle from the road).