Just got to Orlando earlier this week and noted on my walk a couple of nights ago about half a dozen anole type lizards. Was rather pleased as it reminds me of the geckos of my youth. I did notice last night I saw none on the same route, but there was a lot more people last night.
Originally posted by MattW: They're still plentiful here, the one that hangs on my mailbox certainly hasn't missed a day. I have noticed a lot more tree frogs the last week or so, not sure what that means.
We moved to VA where the only foe is the black snake. It does get cold here but we survive by hiding out in the wood pile during winter.
Mary Jane and Oscar
Posts: 10631 | Location: Herndon, VA | Registered: June 11, 2009
Not Florida but grackles & roadrunners (as well as our cat) keep them managed around here. I usually see them sunning on the back wall. I haven't noticed if they were fewer. It is cooling a little here locally.
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I think a lot of small animals hid before the storm, and are all eventually migrating back to where they live. I hadn't seen a lizard for a few days before the storm until about 3 days ago and now it's business as usual. About 4 nights ago, I went in my backyard and there were palmetto bugs (cochroaches) flying around everywhere, which I'd never seen and an hour later they were all gone.
Those little brown lizards are an invasive species, the Brown Anole. The colorful green anole and the striped ones are native to FL. They thrive for a while, then they feed birds, snakes, and even the cute (but noisy) cuban tree frog (also invasive), that will eat anything they can get into their mouths, including the native tree frogs that are endangered here. Once "cold" for FL weather sets in, they are usually just hiding in piles of leaves, dirt, dead trees, and pretty much doing nothing until it's warm again.
I will typically try to relocate the cuban tree frogs that are in my backyard during summer months, since they are so damn loud. The state of Florida considers them invasive, and UF recommends killing them on sight, but I just can't bring myself to do it.