Saturday, June 11, 2011
My garden is a playground not only to my nieces and their friends, but also to a lot of other species. Most often than not I am the invisible spectator to a lot of colorful and interesting shows.
Here is a male Carolina Anole Lizard, expanding his dewlap to attract a female lizard.
Like most animals, the male often has the brighter and more vibrant coloring.
After attracting the attention of the unsuspecting female, the male proceeds to pursue her in an exciting chase.
Just with this one-time mating, if successful, the female can lay as many as 10 eggs or more in successive batches called clutch. After laying her eggs in a warm soil or compost, she will take no care of it. It will take about 30-45 days for the eggs to incubate.
This scene fills me with anticipation. If all goes well, I expect to see little green and brown lizards in the yard before the next season begins.
I like the idea of other pleasant creatures enjoying our yard.
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