Thursday, June 30, 2005
Florida is plagued by exotic species. With a climate that ranges from temperate to tropical, we have a huge variety of habitats. The result is that animals and plants from all over the world have found some part of Florida to colonize. Some of them are benign, but most are causing harm by displacing a native species that really does belong here. This is a brown anole, a Caribbean lizard that is just about everywhere in Florida. Individually, they are an alert, kind of endearing lizard. As a species, they are apparently causing a dramatic decline in our native green anole population by out competing them. They've finally made it to my place, probably coming in on a new plant. I'm hoping that I offer enough lizard habitat that my native green anoles will survive the invader.
Posted by R.Powers at 10:08 PM