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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